Lorraine Dusky

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About me

Industry Communications or Media
Occupation writer
Location Sag Harbor, New York, United States
Introduction I relinquished a daughter for adoption in 1966, and have been involved in adoption reform since the Seventies. My daughter and I reunited in 1981, and had a relationship that spanned more than a quarter of a century. She committed suicide in 2007. With Florence Fisher, I was a founding member of the Adoptees Liberty Movement Association, the first large-scale adoptee-rights organization. In 1979, I published the first memoir from a natural mother's point of view, Birthmark, which was highly controversial in its time. I am also the author of several other books, Still Unequal: The Shameful Truth about Justice for Women in America and The Best Companies for Women. I have written for numerous national magazines about everything from hot air ballooning to PMS to vision and the mind, as well as numerous articles and opinion pieces on adoption. The writer Anthony Brandt and I have been married for more than three decades. I started First Mother Forum in 2008, and am the chief administrator.
Interests Design and fashion, art, ballet, literature, backyard birdwatching, gardening, yoga, Pilates, feminism, politics, stories of revolutionary women (and men), the environment
Favorite Movies Not Juno. Fav adoption movies: Mother & Child, Rabbit-Proof Fence. Other movies: Dangerous Beauty, The Fighter, Say Anything, The Palm Beach Story, Born Yesterday, The Nasty Girl, Cabaret, All the President's Men.
Favorite Music Adele, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mary Carpenter, Billie Holiday, Igor Stravinsky, early English and Scottish folk music, baroque, some country, such as Lady Antebellum
Favorite Books Greek tragedies and comedies, the Jane Austen oeuvre, An Answer from Limbo, Wolf Hall, Some Roth, the Diary of Anne Frank, read when I was her age, influenced my work and life greatly

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