The Most Dangerous Year

PRESENTED BY: Meaningful Movies of Issaquah
6:30 PM, Friday, January 25, 2019 PST
Location: Issaquah Depot (click for map)

In early 2016, the Human Rights Campaign published a report identifying 2016 as the most dangerous year for transgender Americans. “The Most Dangerous Year” is about a small group of Washington State families caught in the middle of the nation’s “bathroom wars.” Vlada Knowlton, a Seattle area filmmaker and a parent of a transgender child, takes us to the front lines of this heart-wrenching political battle.

The story begins in January, when six discriminatory anti-transgender bills are introduced into the Washington State Legislature.  This launches a year-long struggle in which the central group of parents, who had never been political activists in the past, along with a state-wide coalition of lawmakers and civil rights organizations, attempt to fight a dark movement of fear, hate, and ignorance.

From the tension-filled Senate hearings to the passionate Olympia protest rallies; from the “Washington Won’t Discriminate” celebrations of diversity to the “Just Want Privacy” press events heralding the intent of the anti-transgender (I-1515) ballot initiative, Knowlton takes us on the journey of Washington State’s modern-day civil rights battle, as well as her own struggle to protect her 5-year-old transgender daughter from laws inspired by bigotry and fear. “The Most Dangerous Year” is Knowlton’s second feature documentary.

The evening will include a facilitated discussion following the film, with guest  Aidan Key – Founder and Executive Director of Gender Diversity ( ).  Also in attendance will be parents of several of the children featured in the film.

Special Guests: Aidan Key – Founder and Executive Director  of Gender Diversity, and parents of children featured in the film

Sponsors: Issaquah History Museums

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Release Year: 2018

Running Time: 90 minutes

Director: Vlada Knowlton

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  1. Bzzygrrl
    #1 Bzzygrrl 28 January, 2019, 15:13

    This documentary was deeply moving and life-changing for me, as the grandmother of a small child who, at 5, is expressing gender identity statements. Thank you for this sensitive and real portrayal of these events and the people behind the story. You are truly courageous and I thank you for sharing this amazing film. Thank you also to the audience for the discussion at the end of the event. It was emotional and enlightening.

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    • Dorota
      Dorota 29 January, 2019, 20:11

      We very much appreciate your comment, Bzzygrrl. Our goal is to make the world a better place for everyone. If the documentary and discussion afterward helped you and others in any way it means we are fulfilling our mission. It makes our efforts more than worthwhile. We hope you will get the support you were looking for for your granddaughter .

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