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