Janet Jackson has announced plans to executive produce a documentary about members of the transgendered community. According to Janet, the film will help “stop the hate and find understanding” for transgender men and women. The documentary will be called Truth and is described as “a journey through the lives of trans- and nongendered people around the world and their epic struggle for equality.” Robert Jason has been tapped to direct and production is set to begin this summer.
In a statement, Janet says:
“All people are very important to me. I’ve been fortunate to make friends and learn about very different lives. Truth is our small chance to ask that you try and understand someone who lives their life in a way that is a little bit different from yours, even though all of our hearts are the same. We want to stop the hate and find understanding.”
The director added:
“Janet Jackson will take us on a visually innovative, cerebral journey through the turbulent lives of transgendered people of all ages around the world and their epic struggle for equality. This film will highlight landmark mainstream stories and provide a glimpse at others that will change the gender landscape of the world forever. Just as it is hard to believe that there ever was a time when different components of society were required to use separate drinking fountains, it is as incredible that one’s gender expression remains just such a target for discrimination.”
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