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Is LGBT Fiction Inherently Different?

Wheel of Time gayHey all,

Bit of a philosophical question today. Most of the folks here read or write (or both) a lot of LGBT fiction – from MM romance to transgender urban fantasy.

It got me thinking/ I know there are some obvious differences between these works and mainstream fiction – ie: the protagonists are LGBT.

But does it go deeper than that?

For instance – if we took a seminal work of mainstream fantasy, like The Wheel of Time – and changed all of Rand’s women to men, would it suddenly be a “gay fantasy” work? And if not, why not?

What I’m trying to get at is this – what parts of our humanity and society can LGBT speculative fiction illuminate that a comparable mainstream (ie: no LGBT characters) work cannot?

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