LGBTQIA+ Pride Month is usually a time of loud and plentiful celebrations. It’s looked profoundly different this year as we continue to cope with public health measures necessitated by COVID19 and as communities have spilled into the streets to demand justice and an end to racial inequality. It’s reminiscent of the revolutionary protests at the Stonewall Inn in New York City circa 1969 – the birth of Pride.
An amazing legal victory for the LGBTQIA+ community was handed down this month when the Supreme Court ruled that members of the LGBTQIA+ community are protected from discrimination under federal law, but we have a long way to go to make sure that LGBTQIA+ individuals are fully recognized and protected under the law.
Want to join the legal fight for equality? Make a donation to Lambda Legal.
June Is Also PTSD Awareness Month – It’s Time We Talk About It In The Legal Field
Post-traumatic stress disorder, aka PTSD, is a mental illness that follows events of extreme distress, injury, or trauma. While the disorder has classically been associated with veterans of war, it is so much more wide-reaching than that. Many of the clients and cases we deal with in the legal field involve people vulnerable to, or actively suffering from, PTSD – especially in foster care cases, medical malpractice, and personal injury.
About one in 11 people will be diagnosed with PTSD at some point in their lifetimes, and women are twice as likely as men to be afflicted.
Foster youth are twice as likely as some war veterans to develop PTSD, largely due to the instability and abuse they face at such a young age.
Do you know what the symptoms of PTSD look like? Mental Health America has a great explainer.
Deratany & Kosner
In The News
On Sunday, June 28, Jay Paul Deratany was featured on a roundtable panel about PTSD and trauma in the LGBTQIA+ community & executive producing the movie Foster Boy.
Jay Paul Deratany will be featured in the upcoming issue of Foster Focus with an oped he wrote about the harsh reality of PTSD in the foster care system.
The oped is also currently featured as the lead blog on the website for SAFY, an organization devoted to preserving families and securing features. Check out the post and a quote below.
“In the course of my work as a foster youth attorney and advocate for change, I’ve been appalled to personally see the conditions that these kids have to face… these factors of trauma and instability permanently alter the health and well-being of foster youth.”