Janet Jackson to make trans film

Superstar singer will make documentary about transgender people's 'epic struggle' worldwide

Janet Jackson to make trans film
16 July 2012

Janet Jackson has announced her first venture into film production will be a documentary about transgender people around the world.

The star will executive produce the film called Truth, as well as conduct on-screen interviews, reported Q News.

In a statement, Jackson said: ‘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.’

According to director Robert Jason, the documentary will be a ‘visually innovative, cerebral journey’ into the lives of trans people and their ‘epic struggle for equality’.

He said: ‘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 expressions remains such a target for discrimination.

Jason’s previous credits include 2001 documentary series Style Exposed: Born Male, Living Female, and VH1’s makeover show TRANSform Me.

Recognized as a long-term ally of the LGBT community, Jackson received the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Music Album for her Grammy Award-winning sixth studio album The Velvet Rope, which spoke out against homophobia.

In 2005, Jackson received the Humanitarian Award from the Human Rights Campaign and AIDS Project Los Angeles in recognition of her involvement in raising funds for AIDS Charities and received the Vanguard Award at the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in 2008.

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