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Press Release: 2009 Volunteer of the Year

NCSF is proud to award the Volunteer of the Year Award to MasterZChicage

MasterZChicage has served NCSF in innumerable ways. He has been on the board of NCSF since 2006, and has been the Coalition Partner Representative of LeatherSins since 2003. In 2006 ??? he joined NCSF as an individual Coalition Partner. MasterZChicago has never missed an annual meeting since becoming active in 2003, and at this year's meeting he was named the Vice-Chairman of the Board.

MasterZChicago has been an active member of the fundraising committee since 2003, and LeatherSins has donated over $50,000 to NCSF over the years. He has also been a member of the media committee since 2004, the membership coordinator in 2007-8, and this year he became the outreach chair for NCSF.

MasterZChicago not only gives to NCSF but his own local community by co-founding LeatherSins and serving as the President and on the board since 2001. He also co-founded the SINS Center in 2006 and has served as executive director since that time. He  is the director of two major events that take place every year in the Chicago area - Kinky Kollege and SINSations in Leather.

He has been an active presenter at events around the country, presenting dozens of workshops since 2001 on a wide variety of BDSM skills as well as how to produce special events and NCSF's newest class - NCSF and You. He is also a proud supporter of the Leather Archives & Museum, and serves as member of the Leadership Council for the Howard Brown Health Center which promotes the well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons through health care and wellness programs.

His award-winning BDSM resource website is: www.masterzchicago.com

NCSF thanks MasterZChicago of Chicago for his years of dedicated service!

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DSM-V: We're Making a Difference

  • Over 3000 signatures on DSM-V Revision Petition submitted APA
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  • NCSF has helped successfully lobby for the new proposed changes to the DSM-V which depathologizes BDSM

About DSM-V Revision Project

The DSM Revision project is attempting to depathologize BDSM in the APA Diagnostic and Statistic Manual.

Goal:
The goal of the DSM-V Revision Project is to keep people from being discriminated against and persecuted because the current APA guidelines say BDSM is indicative of mental illness.

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susan@ncsfreedom.org

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