Alternate universe

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An alternate universe is a trope common in science fiction and fantasy media, as well as fanworks, in which one or more elements of the original media is changed.

Mainstream media examples may be of special interest to LGBT fans because they are sometimes used to introduce alternative sexualities or gender identities for characters.

For example:

In fanworks, which already have much higher LGBT representation, changes to a character's canon sexuality are less likely to be treated as something worthy of describing the work as an alternate universe by itself. However, "always a girl" or "always a boy" genderswap AUs, in which a character is born a different binary sex than they are in canon, remain common.

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