The Most Dangerous Year

PRESENTED BY: Meaningful Movies of Issaquah
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6:30 PM, Friday, January 25, 2019
Location: Issaquah Downtown, WA (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 ( http://www.genderdiversity.org/our-people/ ).  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

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/343863416448060/

Release Year: 2018

Running Time: 90 minutes

Director: Vlada Knowlton

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