And now, yet another reason to bow down in praise of Miss Janet.
According to The Advocate, Janet Jackson is setting out this summer to executive produce Truth, a documentary about transgender/non-gender identifying people all across the world, highlighting their personal stories and struggle for equality.
From director Robert Jason:
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. 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.
According to That Grape Juice, Jackson will not only be involved in production, but the in-person interviews as well.
This is hardly the first time Miss Jackson has shown herself as an ally to the LGBTQ community. In fact, the GLAAD Media Award-winning superstar has proven to be one of pop’s greatest contributors to the cause, whether it be her music–from “Free Xone” on 1997’s The Velvet Rope, to the donation of profits from “Together Again” to AIDS research–or own humanitarian work, supporting the efforts of The Trevor Project, GLSEN and the “It Gets Better” campaign in 2010.
Pop stars don’t always behave like role models (and to their credit, they don’t have to.) But Janet’s contributed to various causes for years, using the power of her celebrity to support efforts for equality. It’s what makes being a fan of hers all the more fulfilling–and hopefully, it’ll inspire others to contribute as well.
One rule: No rules. One love. Free xone. I’m proud of you, Janet!