With a new documentary, Janet Jackson is looking to “stop the hate and find understanding.”
The film, which Ms. Jackson will executive produce, focuses on the lives of trans- and non-gendered people around the world. Truth will be directed by Robert Jason, who previously made a documentary for The Style Network on four transgender New Yorkers. His latest work will touch on the struggles transgendered people face with inequality – something Jackson hopes the documentary will put a stop to.
“All people are very important to me. I’ve been fortunate to make friends and learn about very different lives,” Jackson said in a statement. “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.”
Jackson has long been a long-time supporter of the LGBT community. Her 1997 album, The Velvet Rope addressed same-sex relationships and homophobia. Last month, she was the co-chair of the Cinema Against AIDS event held by amfAR, an organization that is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic.
Truth is set to start filming this summer.
-Shannon Carlin, CBS Local
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