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This chapter explores one potential new direction—trans vitalities—that queer and trans anthropological inquiry might take toward meaningfully addressing inequities within and across trans communities of practice. Trans vitalities is a model that requires the researcher deprioritize their own interests or evaluations by asking and identifying (1) how “queer” and “LGBT” frameworks work to erase trans lived experiences; (2) what meaningful or quality life trans lived experience is assumed to look like; and (3) why frameworks like trans vitalities are needed to offer necessarily messy toolkits toward addressing the necessarily messy features of life.

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