Janet Jackson is kicking off her Pride month in an extra-special way: by announcing plans to executive produce a documentary about transgender people around the world.
The Associated Press reports that the Grammy-winning pop diva will not only executive produce "Truth," but will also conduct some of the on-camera interviews. Set to begin production this summer, "Truth" will be directed by Robert Jason, who previously directed the Style Network documentary "Style Exposed: Born Male, Living Female," about four transgender New Yorkers.
Jackson, 46, said in a statement to MTV News that she hopes the documentary -- which will reportedly include stories from North America, Europe, Australia and Latin America -- will help stop discrimination against the transgender community.
"All people are very important to me. I've been fortunate to make friends and learn about very different lives," Jackson is quoted as saying. "'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."
Jason assured fans that the superstar would assume an active role in the documentary, which he described as a "visually innovative, cerebral journey" in a statement.
He went on to note, "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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