Janet Jackson to produce transgender documentary

FILE - In this Thursday, May 10, 2012 file photo, singer Janet Jackson attends photographer Marco Glaviano's "Supermodels" exhibition at the Keszler Gallery, in New York. Brainchild Films announced Monday June 4, 2012 that Jackson would produce and conduct on-screen interviews for an upcoming documentary on transgender people around the world titled “Truth.” (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Janet Jackson has signed on as an executive producer of a documentary on the lives of transgender people living around the world.

New York-based Brainchild Films announced Monday that Jackson was working on "Truth" and would do some of the on-camera interviews. The documentary begins production this summer and will focus on the lives and struggles of transgender persons.

Jackson writes in a statement that she is working on the project to try to stop discrimination of the transgender community.

The 46-year-old sister of Michael Jackson has starred in several films and won five Grammy Awards.

"Truth" will be directed by Robert Jason, who previously directed a documentary for The Style Network on four transgender New Yorkers. He says "Truth" will feature stories from throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Latin America.