The Most Dangerous Year

September 24, 2019 @6 pm - Northlake Lutheran Church

About this film…

“The Most Dangerous Year” is a feature length documentary film written, directed and produced by Vlada Knowlton. It premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival (2018), winning a Best Documentary Runner-up award and went on to several other film festivals across the US winning awards and rave reviews. It is currently distributed by Collective Eye Films (Educational) and Passion River Films (Theatrical, Digital, DVD).

It is available for Streaming on iTunes (Apple TV), Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, and FandangoNow. It is available on DVD from Amazon, Walmart, Target and Barnes & Noble. For more information visit


In early 2016, when a dark wave of anti-transgender “bathroom bills” began sweeping across the nation, The Human Rights Campaign published a report identifying 2016 as the most dangerous year for transgender Americans. In Washington State six such “bathroom bills” were introduced in the State Legislature. Documentary filmmaker Vlada Knowlton captured the ensuing civil rights battle from the perspective of a small group of embattled parents as they banded together to fight a deluge of proposed laws that would strip away the rights of their young, transgender children. As one of the parents, Knowlton presents an intimate portrait of her own struggle to protect her 5-year-old transgender daughter from laws inspired by ignorance and fear.

From tension-filled Senate hearings in Olympia to intimate household settings of the families involved; from thought provoking conversations with key lawmakers to elucidating facts explained by leading scientists – The Most Dangerous Year explores the transgender civil rights battle in all its richness and complexity. While the film follows the story and outcome of anti-transgender legislation in Washington, the heart of the film lies in the stories of the families who made the decision to accept and support their kids for exactly who they are.

Love is stronger than fear.  Separate is never equal.



Showing 9/24 at Northlake Lutheran Church (6620 NE 1285th, in Kenmore) at 6:30pm, doors open 6pm. Huddle Blakefield, one of the moms in the film, and Aidan Key, founder and director of Gender Diversity, will be there, available for a Q&A after we watch the film.

The Most Dangerous Year
The Most Dangerous Year


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