Keeping the Conversation Going with Joslyn DeFreece | Episode 114


JULY 11, 2017

EPISODE 114 |  JULY 11, 2017

In the last 30 years, our discussions over gender and sexual identity have radically transformed. But even with all the progress that's been made, the dialogue can be awkward, difficult, and taxing despite the need for the discourse to occur. Joslyn DeFreece sits down with Ben to discuss what it's like to keep the conversation going and to remain optimistic, even when it feels like its going nowhere.

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Guest Bio

Joslyn DeFreece is a New York City-based actor, activist, and a fierce “Nasty Woman”. Believing that the professional is personal, Joslyn chooses projects that highlight the inherent beauty within the LGBTQ community. In 2011 Joslyn starred in Carl(a), a feature film documenting one girl’s road to transition. Carl(a) has been screened internationally and in 2013, Carl(a) took home the Award of Excellence at the Canada International Film Festival. Following Carl(a)’s success, Joslyn appeared in 2017’s Street Children, an Off-Broadway play, and New York Times Critics’ Pick, which tells the story of a group of Trans youth living in New York during the 1980s.

In February 2017, Joslyn starred in a landmark commercial for Sonnet Insurance where she played a Transgender Bride. This commercial is one of the first to feature a Trans protagonist in such a positive and empowering light. Outside of TV spots throughout Canada, the commercial has been used to launch an international campaign focused on optimism and inclusion. Joslyn has also made featured appearances on the Daily Show, Comedy Central, and CNN. Ms. DeFreece is a member of The Studio, under the helm of Brad Calcaterra.

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Carl(a) Trailer:

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