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19May/17

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding April 2015 Rape in Marion, IN

Here are some frequently asked questions about the April 22, 2015 sexual assault rape that you may have.

Where did the sexual assault occur?
The sexual assault occurred in Marion, Indiana. Complete details are from Ava Zinn’s recollections from April 22, 2015.

Who did this sexual assault to Ava on April 22, 2015?
The suspect is described as an African American or bi-racial (mixed African American and Caucasian) female standing no taller than 5 feet 8 inches (173 centimeters, same height as Ava herself), weighing no more than 150 pounds (68 kilograms, the same weight as Ava at the time), had a blue arrow piercing on her left eyebrow, wore a blue hoodie, dark blue jeans, tan boots, had a blue backpack and took a photo of my “enlarged clitoris” and spoke to someone named Alicia on a mobile telephone with a pink cover.

Was this reported to police?
Yes, Ava Zinn did report the incident to Marion, Indiana Police nearly three hours after the rape occurred. It was reported as a female-on-male rape while Ava was being treated and DNA evidence was being collected.

Why was this reported as a female-on-male rape and not a female-on-female rape on April 22, 2015?
Despite the fact Ava Zinn is a transgender female, the rape was reported as a female on male rape due to the suspect being a female and the victim Ava Zinn, as a woman, is a biological male, and a well-established dating and relationship policy states that all of Ava Zinn’s past and present significant others (Amanda Davidson, Elisa Everman, Angie Willis, Christy Johnson, and Kymberly Alvaraz) are automatically sex partners of Ava Zinn, regardless.

Has anyone pressed charges?
Yes, Ava Zinn herself has pressed charges. However, Ava has set up a defense fund in the event should the suspect press charges.

Is this Ava’s first rape/sexual assault?
The 2015 incident isn’t the first rape. This was Ava’s third time being raped both as a male and as a female. The first rape was a male-on-male rape in 2002 that was unreported and wouldn’t make any difference as the statues of limitations passed in 2007. The second occurred while in Indianapolis in June 2010 and was reported as a male-on-transgender female rape/sexual assault and the statues of limitations expired in 2015.

Why did this rape happen to Ava?
This rape happened because Ava Zinn had successfully auctioned off her virginity (in addition to a long-term relationship) to Kymberly Alvaraz in 2014. Kymberly Alvaraz, became the sixth significant other (and the fifth sex partner per relationship agreement) of Ava Zinn while at the same time, became the oldest significant other of Zinn (who is 16 years Alvaraz’s junior). She is also the first significant other (in an unprecedented demand) to pay Ava Zinn for a long-term relationship – a form of reverse compensation. That agreement was groundbreaking and notable, as Alvaraz became the first woman to pay a significant other for relationship rights. Ava Zinn accepted the deal, which was due to take effect in January 2015.
This is nothing new to transgender women as Ava, like many other transwomen, face a vast amount of discrimination, transphobia, and violence. Many of these cases like Ava’s found their incidents to be direct results of an anti-transgenderism bias (and the reason why Ava had to report the 2015 rape as a female on male rape).

How is Ava getting through her 2015 rape?
Obviously, the suspect’s arrest and conviction will be relief to Ava. Ava is currently in counseling/therapy with Erin Davis since March 1, 2017.
Since Ava’s rape, Ava has not used public transportation nor will set foot until her suspect is arrested and convicted.

Additionally, Ava posted on her YouTube channel about this.

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17May/17

New Details Regarding My April 2015 Rape…

Edited Version – An unedited version is available at the end of this post

On April 22, 2015, I became a victim of a female-on-male rape (and I had to report it as such even though my gender identity is female – I knew it was a sexual assault because I have a well-known and well-established dating and relationship policy of mine since 1993) and DNA evidence was collected for my rape kit. Since then I have been looking for the person who did this act and could have been pregnant as a result the female on male rape.

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I did my own research to generate clues based on what I had available if the suspect in my rape did get pregnant (or was pregnant since the suspect also used verbal threat I took very seriously to get an abortion) and used an app of what the suspect looked liked without her hair down (I used an app called FlashFace Woman to get a sketch of the suspect’s description) and with her hair tied back (which is what she looked like), and if the rape suspect did in fact follow through on the abortion threat then it’s a murder and I posted on social media as well as this web site hoping to generate leads just like any other crime.

Like most people, I usually try to respect one’s privacy request as a former journalist and webmaster, but because I’m the victim of the female-on-male sexual assault, I had no choice to deny the request (in many cases, the names and faces are pixelated or blurred and this is no exception) and basically looked at every angle of what I had to work with (including potential suspects and in my rape case, because the suspect is a female and possibly the mother of the child that was conceived (my definition of conceiving a child is the second my “enlarged clitoris” went in the suspect’s vagina) possible baby photos I obtained from research at the hospital and looked at detailed information).

I had posted not only a sketch of the suspect (with her hair down and now with her hair tied back) via the FlashFace Woman app I used and had probable cause to post a baby photo of what I believed looked like me 34 years ago as a baby boy in February 2016 (from what three people I’ve consulted with saw that baby in question did not look bi-racial and I’m 70 percent sure I’m not the biological father though the nose and lips look very similar) hoping to get leads in order to solve the female on male rape I did report to police in Marion on April 22, 2015.

From the summer of 2015 until April 2017, the case likely went cold and no one came forward with information.

On the morning of Saturday, May 6, 2017, I had learned that the one of the individuals that messaged me via my personal Facebook profile that came to a shock not even 24 hours after I had found a little girl lost at Meijer #153 in Marion.

My heart is pained as this is sadly another case of mistaken identity (probably the biggest case since the mixup of Laura VanRyn and Whitney Cerack in 2006) of my rape suspect. I have learned the suspect not a black woman yet sounds like one, but is instead a bi-racial or mixed race (Mixture of Caucasian and African American) I had misidentified when I reported the female on male rape on April 22, 2015 and very uncanny the resemblance between the person who messaged me and my rape suspect. The body types are somewhat similar, the hair color and texture are similar, etc.

Over the past few days after the initial contact, Kymberly and I reviewed the three Facebook messages I received (see below and the names and photos are pixelated) from the woman’s family–even Kymberly saw and two other Facebook messages that basically were threatening in nature–that met only 30 percent of my threshold of those threats being reported to police in Marion (pending 100 percent positive identification). Unfortunately, two of those threatening Facebook messages I received did meet the threshold of possibly having to take legal action and/or the person likely pay me a fine (I’m going to congratulations for being the first to be sanctioned by yours truly, Ava Zinn, under the 2-5-10-BANNED FOR LIFE).

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Although the April 22, 2015 rape occurred after I got off the Marion city bus and was reported to Marion police that afternoon, it should have also been reported to the Transportation Department and was too scared to do so within a time frame. It was finally reported to the Transportation Department on the late morning of May 15, 2017 since I had the confidence to do such. I had asked to obtain surveillance from the CVS pharmacy, a few weeks after my rape but the request was denied because I did not work for the Marion Police Department.

Later on the afternoon of May 15, 2017, I began making the process of making a positive identification. When I went to Lowe’s in Marion, I overheard a conversation (though I’m clearly 60 percent certain) it was my rape case. On the bicycle ride to my bank after leaving The Vapor Mill, I realized and knew (based on hair and remember) without any doubt, that it was unfortunately not my suspect after looking briefly and didn’t even get any DNA sample (obtaining the sample by trickery and my instinct told me not to obtain it). Had I obtained the DNA sample, I could have easily been arrested and could have turned bad. It could’ve easily turned into yours truly accused of stalking and another crime (theft if my memory serves me correctly). I know this because for most of my life while living as a male, I had been falsely accused of such in the past (most of them during junior high and middle school and at that point I was like ‘I am going fail’ since most of the males in my my family on my mother’s side are either criminals or sex offenders, something of which I am not but it could have been on one fateful prom night) and ever since I came out as a transgender woman (and subsequent sexual orientation from as a male, heterosexual or straight, to primarily homosexual or lesbian as a woman) my gender transition to female (and living full time) have become more successful socially, emotionally, and psychologically.

Unfortunately the rape of mine remains unsolved and as always, I will find out and will continue to keep searching with every available resource I have as well as with cooperation with Marion Police since I KNOW and even went to school with Marion Police Captain Amber Richards and fellow MPD office Drew Tittle.

The fact of the mater is, I’m seeking justice and answers on the woman who raped me and if the suspect did in fact get pregnant after raping me on April 22, 2015 and no father is listed on the child’s birth certificate, there would be a possible suspect in my rape case. At that point, like my 2010 rape case in Indianapolis, I will press charges for the suspect to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

It is not my intent to invade someone privacy or post something without one’s written consent. In this case I had a good probable cause to do so since it was a female on male rape investigation that I am conducting and hoping to get a lead (by obtaining a DNA samples of possible suspects and ask for someone’s ID to obtain some information to submit to police in Marion) to finally get justice and move on with my life.

For yours truly, it is frustrating to know that this suspect is still out there walking the streets while I’m still struggling (emotionally, financially, and psychologically) to to absorb this new development. I have sat up the Ava Zinn Sexual Assault Defense Fund that would come in handy if, for some unforeseen reason, the rape suspect decide to press charges at the time and that is one possibility – one I will be fighting tooth and nail until I win.

If my actions have caused more LGBT (especially the transgendered men and women) that want to have biological children (and this is what has kept yours truly from completing my gender transition) BEFORE a transwoman’s first Estrogen and Anti-Androgen or a transman’s first testosterone shot at an endocrinologist’s office, I may have helped more transgendered men and women (F2M and M2F) rethink their gender transition options because this is ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS one of the things to consider.

Uncensored Version (13 profanities are used) – Edited Version is at the top of the post


There are some frequently asked questions that the public may have regarding the April 22, 2015 rape.

 

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27Apr/17

Ava Zinn Apologizes For VFTGUSA Airing Shocking DWTS Elimination Live: ‘We Really Messed Up’

MARION and FORT WAYNE, IN (AZH) – A shaken up yours truly, apologized to Vote for the Girls viewers after one of my producers now facing disciplinary action failed to cut away from live video of perhaps one of the most shocking eliminations that likely will knock Pia Toscano’s elimination down to number two and perhaps one of the most shocking in Dancing with the Stars history. This time, the elimination was fatal as a moderator died on my watch — worst of all it was my BFF’s domestic partner, Perri.

Throughout the DWTS 24 Week 6 Result, my Vote for the Girls staff cut to and from the live DWTS 24 program. I had mentioned the phrase “On ‘Dancing with the Stars’ there are no Vote for the Worst picks. All moderators’ picks are good.” I narrated the results, until suddenly, viewers saw Nancy Kerrigan and Heather Morris in the bottom two as Normani (Kordei) and Simone (Biles) were already saved by votes from the American public. We were projecting that Nancy to be eliminated on April 24, and the second Tom Burgeron announced “after a perfect score,” the screen cut to black and I yelled at the control room, “Get off it. Get off it. Get off it!” followed by “GO TO COMMERCIAL!” but it was already too late.

When the program returned from commercial, yours truly, clearly distressed, explained what had happened:

While we had found out that Heather and Maks were eliminated and showing it to you live, we went on delay.

So, that’s why I didn’t talk for about 10 seconds. We created a five second delay as if you were to rewind your VCR or DVR five seconds, that’s what we did with the elimination we were showing you on DWTS 24. What you do not see on VFTG is that each and every moderator and villain have a monitor to see what is happening five seconds before you see it, so in the event should anything go horribly wrong, we would be able to cut away from it without subjecting you, the viewer, to that particular… (my fellow Purple team moderator Lanise White finished my sentence and said objectionable content) objectionable content that unfit for YouTube (or TV)

It doesn’t happen very often and we can honestly say we messed up. And we’re all very sorry. That elimination didn’t belong on YouTube. We took every precaution we knew how to take to keep you from seeing that particular elimination. And I sincerely apologize to you for allowing that to happen.

Sometimes we see a lot of eliminations that we don’t let get to you, because Vote for the Girls is mostly about female contestants and since Vote for the Girls is mostly a TV-14 program, it’s insensitive. And that particular elimination was wrong. And you have my personal confidence that won’t happen again on my watch. And I’m deeply, deeply sorry.

This story is being updated on both AvaZinn.com and on Vote for the Girls USA and unfortunaltely a fatality did in fact occour as

 

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24Apr/17

Ava Zinn launches “Vape Back! with Ava Zinn”

Yours truly (Ava Zinn) today announced the launch of an Indiana based YouTube channel dedicated to the vaping community that extends the portfolio of Aeverine Zinn Holdings (AZH) Internet Ventures.

It’s the debut week of Vape Back! with Ava Zinn. Ava Zinn is excited about the launch of the fifth internet venture from AZH joining AvaZinn.com, INNewsCenter, Vote for the Girls and Housing Hell.

Here’s the great news about Vape Back! – anyone residing in all of Indiana’s 92 counties can make suggestions of any vaping product for Ava to try (some restrictions do apply and must be approved by Ava herself) for a review.

“I’m pleased to confirm that I have made the decision to launch ‘Vape Back! with Ava Zinn,’ which is accretive to Aeverine Zinn Holdings and good for the State of Indiana as well as the LGBT community with whom I remain a strong partner as a transgendered woman,” said Zinn. “This transaction underscores our sharp focus on consistently improving the value of my Internet portfolio and on driving profitability for AZH.”

Today’s announcement takes place against the backdrop of a prior announcement of the subsidized housing smoking ban which Ava Zinn must comply by July 2018. Given this fact, Ava Zinn either had to smoke outside or get evicted. That particular decision would have meant a setback from which Ava Zinn will never recover from as she would be face homelessness since many communities in Indiana also have added e-cigarettes and vaping to existing smoking bans.

Today’s announcement does not impact AZH’s Vote for the Girls and INNewsCenter, yet does impact AvaZinn.com and Housing Hell.

We’re taking the conversation to YouTube across Marion, Muncie, and Kokomo during the summer of 2017. If you want to join the conversation and make a suggestion, email Ava Zinn at webmaster @ avazinn.com or go to the contact page.

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09Mar/17

Another Close Call… (3/8/17)

The last time I attempted to take my own life, Joe Keenan was filling out the remainder of Frank O’Bannon’s second term as Governor of Indiana, George W. Bush was President, and yours truly, Ava Zinn had lived her final days living as a biological male.

Fourteen years later, unlike last time, I did not need psychiatric treatment but I took some corrective action after realizing there was something I just could not live without — a bed I’ve had since 1994 called a Sealy Craftsmatic. I’ve had that particular bed specifically built for my mother and inherited the bed on May 11, 2002.

Wednesday, someone from one organization had the audacity and the nerve to come in my home and basically didn’t like the bed’s condition and I made it clear it was fine the way it is. I was not going let someone force me to take that bed to the dumpster for any reason even though I have NEVER had bedbugs.

That really sat off a traumatic experience and I was not going to let that happen. I knew whatever solution that someone offer will not work, and therefore an unacceptable resolution, yet praised at the improvements I’ve made. That should have been enough if someone just did not stick their nose where it didn’t belong.

Wednesday night, I had to make a choice because I spent most of the day with a back injury the individual caused when I was forced to take a perfectly good bed to the dumpster because I NEVER GONE WITHOUT AND NEVER WILL GO WITHOUT A BED FOR ANY F**KING REASON. It was either suicide or put my bed back together — it was obviously my bed that give me nearly 25 years of service and I don’t believe even for one minute a Craftmatic bed should ever be thrown out until the day of one’s death.

I am considering suing the organization for my back injury they caused and since the bed wasn’t in my home I couldn’t rest at all until I recovered the bed from the dumpster.

I’ve posted this in the Facebook Transgender Alliance group….

TW (M2F)? Came close to suicide on March 8, 2017….
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but this transwoman went with her own gut instinct instead to retrieve something I just could not live without – a bed. A Sealy Craftsmatic I’ve had since 1994 and no plans of changing the mattress for any reason (the closest thing I’ve come up with has to be a DIY mattress).

Yesterday, someone came to my home and told me that I needed to replace my bed. Then I suffered a third back injury for the third time in 17 years, spending most of the day injured and traumatized (had been diagnosed with PTSD after going through three rapes).

Yet last night, I had to make a choice…

My death and the local newspaper’s headline as well as Indiana would have said “Vote for the Girls Founder and Webmaster Ava Zinn dead at 34”

… or…

Recover my bed and bring it back where it belongs. I obviously chose my bed, even though that same person made me throw out the bed (and I’VE NEVER HAD BEDBUGS and NEVER HAD ANY PROBLEMS) and I wasn’t going to let that happen and I was make sure I had one at all times 24/7 and then the second I went outside that little instinct of mine said “Get your bed out of the dumpster and restore it.”

I’m still alive obviously and the last time I’d encountered something like that was April 18, 1996. My friends know the story and I remember it like it was yesterday.

 

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23Jan/17

Announcement from Ava Zinn: January 23, 2017

On January 19, 2017, while during a dentist appointment at Lifetime Smiles in Marion, Indiana, I had seen the upper roof of my mouth had a lesion. Upon checking out, I had learned my insurance didn’t cover the injury and I knew something was wrong, obviously at the hands of my own girlfriend.

My girlfriend of two years 49-year-old Kymberly Alvaraz, had overcooked a fateful Christmas dinner that caused great oral injury consistent to injuries confirmed by Doctor Schindler at Lifetime Smiles. After reviewing what my options were about a way to pay a $650 dental bill, I was really upset. But nothing compared to what I would endure moments after leaving the dentist on the afternoon of January 19.

Two days earlier while I was at my family physician at the South Side Medical Park in Marion, I was unofficially diagnosed with a stomach ulcer caused from an unrelated incident that turned out to be one of my closest calls in 30 years, if not the closest call in my life. I had that instinct I knew something wasn’t right and the fact it was the close call was ON MY BIRTHDAY two weeks earlier after enduring an illness that was stemmed from a December 29, 2016 incident near downtown Marion. I had vomited for two days straight right after The Voice 11 finale.

After returning home from the dentist, things escalated to the point where I’ll never forget the actions of my 22-month-old son, Kenneth, and what my 13-year-old daughter, Tabitha, did. Kymberly pushed me on to the living room couch as hard as she could and the stomach ulcer was acting up. She tried to chock me as hard as she could, but fatherly instinct kicked in. I knew what my next move was since I tried to scream yet muffled. Kenneth came in and that was when I knew what my next move was–gouging one of Kymberly’s eyes and then got up and made a citizen’s arrest. Tabitha pulled Kymberly’s hair as a method of restraint as Kymberly was arrested and I asked Kymberly to leave my home. Another daughter of mine, Ashli, transported to local police where she finally charged with second degree strangulation, domestic battery, and assault.

I then realized I’d been in familiar territory I’ve only been in before with my first girlfriend and the mother of my eldest daughter some 20 years ago and the second time was October 2013 with the same woman–my first girlfriend (Amanda Davidson). I knew it was domestic violence. I knew it then when Amanda pushed me hard when I was living with my mom in Van Buren in 1994 and I knew it when Kymberly laid her hands on me on January 19.

Aside from enduring domestic violence both as a guy (I was an 11 year old boy) in 1994 and as a transgender woman now 34 years of age. I saw the same signs, Kenneth saw on January 19. What I saw in my son, Kenneth, that day and my now-oldest daughter, Samantha, in 1994 was me nearly 35 years earlier when my parents got into a domestic spat (I remember sleeping through the ordeal).

The differences from the 1994 incident with Amanda and the 2017 incident with Kymberly was, Kymberly was three months pregnant with my twin girls (to be named Alisan Wé and Saara Jessica) at the age of 49, which is a rarity, while in the 1994 incident, Amanda wasn’t. For all I know, I must have missed the warning signs about postpartum depression that I should’ve known about. I had suspected Kymberly had postpartum depression, yet wasn’t sure about the facts until I watched an episode of “Deadly Women” on YouTube recently. In particular, after watching one particular episode or two of “Deadly Women” had Paula Sims and Kelly Silk if I recall had in my opinion had even worse postpartum depression that didn’t end well.

Another difference was the fact, is It is the same Kymberly that was declared the highest bidder when I auctioned off my virginity in 2014. Amanda, on the other hand, did not pay for the long term relationship rights. Kymberly was the first to pay for the Relationship Agreement.

Will this mean my relationship with Kymberly end in a breakup or even legal action? Since my virginity auction is considered prostitution in Indiana, I’m basically been a “gay hoe” (or an awful slang term describing a slutty transwoman being a prostitute) for the money. If Kymberly wants to mend the long-term relationship after this incident, she will need to be on some psychiatric medication that will definitely help her and with the fact Kymberly approaching menopause, I think there is a slight chance the relationship can be saved. Kymberly will also need some psychological help professionally to help her postpartum depression and with being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder myself (a matter of what will work for yours truly).

There is a reason why I still have a Dating and Relationships policy since January 4, 1993. The six Relationship Agreements I made with Amanda, Elisa (Everman), Angie (Willis), Christy (Johnson), and Kymberly are basically treated as marriages in some way. In all of those relationships, the aforementioned five women are automatically sex partners of yours truly — no ifs and/or buts about that. It may be one of the strictest relationship policies as it’s considered to be a legally binding agreement and a date when the contract ends. On two occasions, the relationship ended after I caught her cheating since I’ve never did do any infidelities and loyal. On another occasion, the second relationship with Amanda ended after she effectively caused major property damage.

Another issue or two to consider whether or not to even thinking about ending the long term relationship with Kymberly has to be the question whether to impeach Kymberly under Jessica’s Policy (enacted on January 4, 2010 in honor of the late Jessica Berg and initially a tougher dating and relationship policy) á la a Presidential Impeachment. The second issue, also since Jessica’s Policy went into effect, which is how will Kymberly react to getting that “Dreaded Dear Jane Letter” I will send if and when should I have to end the long term relationship with Kymberly.

With that in mind, I am giving Kymberly ONE LAST CHANCE since Kymberly and I have invested more than I’ve invested in Angie and Amanda combined. If Kymberly doesn’t fulfill these expectations in what’s effectively a reconciliation, I may have to end the relationship with Kymberly on January 3, 2018 (the same day the current agreement expires). So we’ll have to wait and see.

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21Nov/16

Ava Zinn Exploring Potential Sale of Vote for the Girls United Kingdom and Australia

MARION, IN – Ava Zinn today announced that she is exploring the potential sale of the web franchise Vote for the Girls in the United Kingdom and Australia. Ava Zinn said she has received inquiries from a few third parties regarding the potential purchase of certain of its non American assets. Ms. Zinn wishes to ensure that any divestiture it may make maximizes resources.

Ava Zinn has indicated in recent months that it will consider asset sales at valuations that reflect the strength of its properties as a means of reducing total debt outstanding over time. Ms. Zinn noted that the valuations of her internet properties, including AvaZinn.com, INNewsCenter, and Vote for the Girls USA, have reflected the strong market positions of the entities being sold. Ava Zinn.com is the flagship of Ms. Zinn’s internet properties.

Ms. Zinn said there can be no assurance that any transaction will take place. Ms. Zinn provided no definitive timetable for the evaluation process to conclude. Additional information will be provided if and when she enters into a transaction. An investment banking advisory firm to be named at a later date is assisting Ms. Zinn with the strategic evaluation process.

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to various risks and uncertainties and should be understood in the context of Ms. Zinn’s publicly available reports upon request. Ms. Zinn’s future performance could differ materially from its current expectations.

About Ava Zinn

Chicagoan by birth (as a boy), Ava Zinn was brought up in Van Buren, Indiana. With an psychological/mental injury prematurely putting an end to any hopes of a promising career in special education, she went back to business to complete a course in housing and media production management. Her dedication and natural talent led her to train with some of the Indianapolis and Fort Wayne’s leading personalities, such as Bob Imperial and Marshall Davidson in Fort Wayne, and Patrice Rafferty in Indianapolis.

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27Oct/16

Remembering Heidi Mason

There’s no doubt that friends, family and fellow Ole Miss Class of 2000 alumni are remembering Heidi Mason.

From professors at Mississinewa High School to classmates and friends like myself to the moderator panel and villains on “Vote for the Girls”, the State of Indiana paused to remember the 35 year old I had a privilege of meeting for the first time back in the fall of 1995.

Heidi Mason died Friday at 35 years of age, after spending 22 years fighting Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a very rare inherited connective tissue disorder. Her name trended AvaZinn.com and on Vote for the Girls with hastags such as #RIPHeidiMason on Facebook.

“I’m so sadden by the passing of Heidi…I have known her since grade school. And Even though our friendship was not the same since last year.. All the years before we made so many memories..I will miss her dearly.. I am so upset that we will never have the chance to get our friendship back to the way it used to be.. But I am glad that we had talked a few times in the last two months on Facebook. And I will always be thankful for all the time we did get to spend together.. And my heart goes out to her family. Especially to her mother and her two boys… And I pray they are able to find comfort and peace in this sad time,” wrote alumnus Rhamey Furnish.

Friends and former classmates that went to school with Heidi remembered her beyond the sacrifices she made — “People who didn’t like her had to respect her,” my close friend Holly Everman said.

In the Mississinewa Community Schools Special Education Alumni, she was a hero and a sweet girl, wrote one person on Facebook.

And on “Vote for the Girls USA” a 35 second tribute aired after the eliminations of supermodel Amber Rose and “The Brady Bunch” actress Maureen McCormick on “Dancing with the Stars”  (video below)

 

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22Oct/16

Mississinewa High School Class of 2000 Alum Heidi Mason dies at 35

MARION, Ind. — Heidi Mason, a Mississinewa High School Class of 2000 Alumnus and beloved Special Education Alumni  at the Mississinewa Community Schools, died Friday in Indianapolis, a family spokeswoman said.

Mason, 35, had been at Methodist Hospital Friday with what the spokeswoman Bob Gunnell had described as a very rare connective tissue disorder.

“After a 23-year battle with EDS, Heidi Mason has passed away this morning at the age of 35,” the spokeswoman said in a statement. “The Mason family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, and support and asks for privacy at this time.”

Mason was born in Marion, Indiana in March of 1981. She graduated from Mississinewa High School in May 2000 and in 1995 became my 100th Friend.

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08Oct/16

Addressing Response Regarding Facebook post about 1994 Eastbrook/Mississinewa Inclimate WX Cold Case…

Editor’s note: This letter is in response to reaction to one decision made by the late Eastbrook Consolidated Schools Superintendent Dennis Fox (1945-2016) in February 1994. This is considered to be a “civil cold case” now resolved.

Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to Dr. Fox’s family and friends during this extremely difficult time. A brave husband and educator lost his life after an illness. We also extend our sympathy to one of my late brother’s friends Jessica (Todd) Fox and offer thanks to those who have stood by yours truly after Albert’s suicide on August 10, 2002 (even though he drowned at Pine Lake).

I have received a number of comments about a Facebook post that I had to post since it met my threshold of a post that seemed necessary in my judgement. It was Dr. Fox’s obituary nonetheless. The reason why I intercepted that particular post after I read it on Facebook via Jessica and the fact back in February of 1994, Mississinewa Community Schools was either under a delay or running on time while the home district at the time (Eastbrook) was closed due to weather conditions, and in violation of a Zinn Family Policy that went into effect on July 4, 1993 (follow the Mississinewa Community Schools Schedule regardless of the schedules of the home district–even if Eastbrook is on delay or closed).

As a fourth grader at Northview Elementary School (located in the Mississinewa School District) living in Van Buren (in the Eastbrook school district) back in February 1994, I had begun to take the role more of a parent than a child. Education then as now is important. It is just one reason why at the end of every Vote for the Girls episode, I add the phrase, “Help control your child’s education, have them immunized.” I would go on and on and on explaining in further details like the Energizer bunny, but I am not going to.

Twenty-two and a half (22 1/2) years later–in 2016–now as a woman and a father (yes, I still am a father despite the ongoing gender transition) of four daughters (one of them has since graduated from college, two in high school and one in middle school), it is safe to say that a dispute is finally resolved. Fall/Autumn is now in full swing. It’s chilly. It’s a time of year when you start preparing for winter weather conditions such as snow and ice, which is an even greater hassle than usual because of the cold conditions. Nonetheless, I used to love snow and play in it, but not anymore after 1994 after that incident and seeing a water heater pipe bursting when I lived at my mother’s in Van Buren. (I never forgot it as long as I’m alive)

After celebrating my 11th birthday, I took a vow of loyalty when I got the flu back in January 1994 and had to miss school due to that. It is also a vow of perfection and doing whatever it took and anything to achieve that goal–even if means going to school sick, making the three hour walk or one hour bike trip from Van Buren to Gas City in the event Mississinewa Community Schools is running on schedule while Eastbrook Community is either closed or delayed (which meant back then no transportation).

That particular incident of which following an investigation that was later determined to be at the decision of Dr. Fox back then (and at one point, if memory serves me right, even tried to confront him right after my brother’s high school graduation in June 1996, but my mother wouldn’t allow me to do so–despite knowing what I knew was right and wrong on my part). That decision of Dr. Fox to have the audacity to closing Eastbrook for the day in February 1994 while Mississinewa wasn’t, which to this day (and have now officially forgiven Dr. Fox for that) was ruled (based on 1994 rules and regulations) for CAUSING (yes, I said “causing” since then as now as it could have easily all been avoided had Mississinewa AND Eastbrook closed for the day) yours truly to lose out perfect attendance back in the 1993-94 school year.

It was after my mother, brother, and I relocated from Van Buren to Marion on October 15, 1996 influenced of what my immediate family would become and learning from the mistakes a parent made while growing up: to ensure my children get their education and becoming a far better parent than my mother was when she raised my brother and myself, I adopted a special system (dubbed the “Bothwell system” after the then-Mississinewa Community Schools superintendent Dr. Robert Bothwell when I attended RJB and Ole Miss High School), while my four daughters and son (Samantha, Tiffani, Ashli, Tabitha, and Kenneth) as well as my step-daughter Denise (Kymberly’s youngest daughter) would contractually stipulate (it’s a rule that I have enforced since July 4, 1993) about school closings/delays involving my children’s and my alma matter school district (Mississinewa Community Schools) regardless of the home school district (in this case since 1996, Marion Community Schools and from 1985 until 1996 Eastbrook Community Schools), and ensuring my children meet or even exceed a good attendance record–a very important aspect of having a good education.

Under the terms of the July 1993 rule passed by the family legislature, I had a contractual obligation as a 10 year old boy, I have to arrive promptly at Northview Elementary promptly at 8:25 a.m. Eastern, and cannot arrive late or be absent for any reason whatsoever, even weather conditions. I was inclined to favor my education over whatever any administrator says (two clear examples were on April 18, 1996 and in January 1997), as I only had two friends (Holly Everman and Robyn Hurd) being well treated well in hopes of return loyalty.

That obligation, unfortunately, often times includes controversy, backlash, negative criticism, uncomfortable subjects that are at times difficult to hear, make you upset, or even make you angry. And while this Mississinewa High School Class of 2001 Alumnus is now living as a woman 34 years of age, everyone involved is human and have similar reactions. So these are situations we take very seriously.

By learning about Dr. Fox’s death this week from a long-time friend of Albert’s that I inherited, I was able get a resolution to a 22 1/2 year old dispute automatically and officially forgave Dr. Fox.

Also by deciding to posting the obituary on Facebook with my thoughts, you were able to get an answer to “who caused Ava Zinn to miss school that day in February 1994?” I also wanted to give some insight and direction into someone I did not agree with about the decision to delay or cancel school involving two school districts–attending and home districts. For some, maybe it’s something you are already familiar with in Grant County or wherever you live; for others it may be something you simply do not understand or comprehend and I suggest you do some research–that’s how you will learn by reading and doing research.

Plus, if my memory serves me correctly when I read the obituary, I learned Dr. Fox was pretty much the predecessor of Dr. Bothwell and in a bit of an irony (not 100 percent sure or even confirmed this) from what I remember, I’m pretty sure there is an indirect lead (maybe just a hunch) to my dis-enrollment from Indiana Wesleyan University 15 years ago and the hunt for another college/university to attend in order for readmission to IWU after completing a few credit hours at another college/university (something I have determined back in January 2002). It was very difficult for to see, comprehend and understand — mostly for anyone who attended Mississinewa Community Schools but doesn’t live in the school district.

This story was just only one small part of my complete coverage of the IWU Cold Case and ensuring what I know is right for my children. I will continue to fight for family and continued do so.

It is not my my intention to bash someone that has recently passed while that same individual’s family is in mourning, as one person commented on Facebook. This is not the first time it has happened, and I’m sure it will not be the last.

Again, I honor Dr. Fox for his dedication to the Eastbrook Community Schools and we hope you understand the tough choices that must be made. Like my friends and fans–BOTTOM LINE–justice is officially served .

Ava Zinn
Transgendered sister of Albert Zinn (1977-2002)

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