New York-based Brainchild Films announced 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.
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.
The announcement comes only days after shocking new hate crimes data was published. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects recorded the "highest number of hate-motivated killings" of LGBT people ever in the United States last year. Hate violence continues to disproportionately target transgender people and transgender people of color.
Numerous studies have shown that Black and Latina trans women are at the greatest risk of violence and the murders of Black transgender women are often unsolved. Black trans women face "extreme discrimination and poverty", and are more than likely to suffer from violence, physical or sexual abuse, police brutality, HIV/AIDS and bullying, according to a first of its kind survey conducted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Black Justice Coalition.
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