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Pop superstar Janet Jackson has announced that she will executive-produce a documentary that will explore the lives of transgender people around the world.
In a statement, the Grammy-winning singer and actress said that she hopes that the film, titled Truth, will make a difference in how transgender people are perceived and treated.
“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,” she said.
According to director Robert Jason, Jackson will also appear in the film, which will begin shooting shortly.
“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,” Jason said.
“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.”
Jason previously directed the Style Network documentary Style Exposed: Born Male, Living Female, about four transgender people in New York.