Category Archives: Ava’s Commentary

Every now and then Ava will make an editorial of her opinion.

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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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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06Apr/16

Ava’s American Idol Memories, Vote for the Girls beginnings

As American Idol airs its series finale tonight, I will admit that being the winning moderator is the most amazing experience. I must say that that six years ago this month, I launched the “Vote for the Girls” franchise two years after I began watching Idol (if memory serves me right) at the start of season 7.

Back in 2008, after Syesha Merado finished third and remembering a then-pet peeve at the time (a year after this, when I uploaded the April 3, 2009 montage of Fox 59 in Indianapolis on my INNewsCenter site’s YouTube channel as an April Fools’ Day prank and realizing after watching a South Bend newscast of two anchorwomen), never knew female contestants had a lot of potential. After watching the American Idol special last night, little did I know then and watching “American Idol Rewind” a few years back, I will say my only regret was creating the format of  “Vote for the Girls” sooner. I remember being in my office at NoSirGifts and talking to my assistant Lynsey Everman at that time and making phone calls pitching the Vote for the Girls format as well as remembering watching old “Star Search” clips in most of the 2000’s and early part of 2010.

During the seventh season of American Idol, I knew at that point after watching the packaging of the outrageous Idol contestants only ramped up as that particular season went forward, without realizing that without Vote for the Worst banded together to push forward the worst or funniest options during the national voting rounds there would be no Vote for the Girls.

During most of 2008, I started pitching what eventually became the Vote for the Girls (the project was initially called Vote Only Females) first to Patrice Rafferty and to other individuals. Then a fateful cable television dispute changed everything and bureaucratic red tape leading to relapsing after I had at the time stopped smoking. The title of the project was changed to the current “Vote for the Girls” after Patrice said ‘Vote Only Females’ was a title too similar to her philosophy at ATE Media. She rejected the concept and went back to work tweaking the project and changing the name to Vote for the Girls. After I pitched the format to Archibald Coolranch, Jack Steele, and Lynsey, NoSirGifts gave me the green light and started searching for a panelists of judges (which would eventually become the Vote for the Girls moderator panel).

By having the green light to Vote for the Girls, I had wanted my good friends Kayla Battishill and Justin Planck on the moderator panel (at the time, they had no idea that I had began a gender transition). Archibald and I were the only individuals confirmed on the moderator panel. One day, a woman from Denver, Colorado named Kym Christain (now my current girlfriend, Kymberly Alvaraz) had been interested to be a moderator. Then I went to my closest friends at the time, Robyn Hurd and Holly Everman. They agreed to join the moderator panel.

From the day Siobhan Magnus was voted off and asked everone on this web site to Vote for Crystal Bowersox, I relazied how extraordinary of a journey it has been for me. I remember the drama when Pia Toscano went home so early on April 7, 2011. Or, in the following season, when I realized that I made a huge mistake in the first week of American Idol 11 Top 7, and remembering a making a friendly wager to someone that if Pia didn’t win and/or two females did not make the American Idol 10 finale, I would audition for the following season of Idol going undercover as a journalist and a freelance musician . It’s crazy to think that after watching the show and auditioning for season 11, this ride is finally ending on a high note since Kymberly and I will be the winning moderator of the final season of American Idol.If La’Porsha makes the Top 2 everyone please vote for La’Porsha to win it all.

Final thought: As I look back, I will say that I am going to reveal the my Top 10 American Idol Vote for the Girls picks.

  1. Angie Miler. Angie is definitely my all-time Vote for the Girls pick.
  2. Pia Toscano.
  3. Jessica Sanchez
  4. Crystal Bowersox.
  5. Lauren Alaina
  6. Elise Testone
  7. Jena Irene (Asciutto)
  8. Hollie Cavanagh
  9. Haley Reinhart
  10. Skylar Laine

My least favorite American Idol Vote for the Girls pick is Erika Van Pelt because she auditioned at the same Pittsburgh audition venues when I auditioned.

From the ninth to final season of American Idol, we have voted for 75 contestants (62 women and 13 men, known as flex picks.

 

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11Jan/15

I think I know where I went wrong with Vote for the Girls….

This past fall, it was basically unfamiliar territory for my site, Vote for the Girls (US). Only one victory happened in 2014 that occurred after Tommy & Peta got eliminated on Dancing with the Stars 19. It is something I’m definitely not used to as the site normally gets one VFTG Loss per season.

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Vote for the Girls USA

As the webmaster and founder of one of the popular sites that has been promoting votes for the female contestants, I do take any female contestant’s elimination hard. As a transwoman 32 years of age having successfully auctioned off my virginity to 47 year old Kymberly Alvaraz for a three year relationship deal. That was something. Really something that became interesting for most of 2014.

While I was out and about in Marion a month and a day before my birthday (12/3/14), I spoke to two of my previous significant others (Elisa and Christy, still living) about Kym.

Last year after Ellona Santiago finished sixth place on The X Factor USA 3, I said I would auction off my virginity to the highest female bidder and having sex for the final time as a biological male–that (along with not shaving my legs for two months for BOTH Leg Beards for Breast Cancer and No Shave November for The Voice 6 and American Idol 13 losses, forcing the site to make-up competitions So You Think You Can Dance and adding America’s Got Talent and Dancing with the Stars as make-up competitions with SYTYCD; and basically wearing strapless or tube tops and thong panties from June to August 2014–that punishment like other punishments are a blessing in disguise) was surely going to get some people talking. After Khayla Chow (1991-2014) sparked the Vote for the Girls brawl after shoving my friend, Holly Everman, to the floor, and with an ongoing scheduling dispute that ended after WTTV (channel 4) switched to CBS. Many have complained to Jackson Steele — the man in charge of NoSirGifts (they are distributing Vote for the Girls USA)

In the end, it did cost me a few friends on Facebook (notably Jennifer Tedder, who I don’t believe I will re-friend until Febuary 2019) and believe the reason why I cannot comment or like anything on American Idol’s Facebook page. While doing research, the “Make the Switch” campaign of Vote for the Girls clearly didn’t work — the site had dropped nearly as much as 61 percent (shown below) and the site’s YouTube viewership dropped  44 percent.

Dismal 2014...

Part of the reason I think I know why the views on YouTube and site views dropped is because of poor promotional and advertising is just one thing thing I can think of obviously. The fact of the matter of the poor views on YouTube and on the site itself is the fact I had tried to promote the Vote for the Girls format offline and that clearly didn’t work out. That unfortunately got me a lot of trouble–not financial trouble as one source says. Advertising VFTG alone will be nearly $10,000 per year and the only sponsors that are willing to advertise on the site are GoDaddy and AFENA Federal Credit Union. So I am looking for new sponsors that are willing to promote Vote for the Girls in the United States, as well as the United Kingdom, Australia, and other countries that have their own adaptations of Vote for the Girls.

A second reason I can think what is wrong with VFTG is the fact due to a lack of original content, a separate set (secondary facility for Vote for the Girls) as they share the same facility as my home and d/b/a Aeverine Zinn Holdings. That is something I don’t believe will work out unless I decide to open a Vote for the Girls themed restaurant (or so called pubs) where there will be viewing parties similar to a sports bar per se.

A third reason where VFTG is going wrong is the video provider and fearing DMCA complaints by posting the full episode on the web site, in addition to YouTube, decided not to post them not because of storage space or lack of another video provider that will store as much as 100 hour length episodes in 720p high definition (though I could present the episode live on the VFTG live stream channel, yet still have questions about how that would work out since it is similar to broadcasting live on TV.)

This year on Vote for the Girls, as the American version began its sixth season back in July 2014, the presentation of make up competitions (So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Got Talent, and Dancing with the Stars), the moderator panel using a new element called the Moderators’ Save (similar to the judges save on American Idol), having the American public having as much power as the moderators of Vote for the Girls do, and as an improvement to the Male Moderator’s offer–I’ve decided to add a couple of transgendered men–Yes, I did say that correctly–F2M’s (female to male transsexuals or transmen) to the site.

The Moderators’ Save has already been used twice and used to veto what would otherwise could have been the first Vote for the Girls loss on So You Think You Can Dance as Valerie Rockey finished runner-up in September 2014 and the second consecutive loss on The Voice following DaNica Shirey’s elimination on December 2, 2014. All the moderators have to be unanimous and the Moderators’ Save can only be used once on SYTYCD, AGT, and DWTS (the make-up competitions) and twice per cycle in the regular competitions (American Idol, The Voice, Rising Star, and The X Factor). There is a catch though, if the Moderators’ Save is used before the show’s finale and/or the last female contestant remaining in the competition is eliminated–there will be neither a victory nor a loss since the Save was used and the good news in the event should that happen, none of the moderators on the moderator panel face the punishment for failure and the winning moderator (if there is one) is declared; though as with any Vote for the Girls loss, the site will support any female contestants in the makeup competitions (an example is DaNica Shirey being saved from the VFTG Loss on the seventh season of The Voice after the moderator panel used their Mod Save on Shirey and the entire moderator panel will be participating on DWTS20).

That being said… The VFTG USA moderator panel will be participating in America’s Got Talent 10 this upcoming summer if a male wins the eighth season of The Voice (I hope that doesn’t happen but if it does the Leg Beards for Breast Cancer and/or No Shave November punishment in addition to another gruesome “Punishment for Failure”)  and/or the Moderator panel use their Moderators’ Save. The same will be said for SYTYCD12 for a VFTGUSModSave and/or VFTGLoss on American Idol 14.

Speaking of American Idol 14, there are two VFTG USA picks (Sarina-Joi Crowe and Lovey James) that already have an eight moderator vote, of which should they make the American Idol 14 finale–that will be a Double VFTG Victory.

Since Vote for the Girls’ third season in the United States, the moderator panel (instead of yours truly deciding who the Vote for the Girls pick is) began making their own VFTG picks. So on the VFTG USA web site, once a moderator has made all her VFTG picks during the auditions she must post them as soon as possible. The moderator panel on VFTG are all female (either by birth or transgender) and they choose VFTG picks. The Male Moderator Crew (all are F2M’s) however, don’t get to choose VFTG picks, but they do choose male vocalists instead of VFTG picks (some will consider this as the Ava Zinn version of Vote for the Worst). However, for fairness none of the Vote for the Worst picks are revealed until after the competition ends. This year, Vote for the Girls USA for the first time in the site’s history, can include a male vocalist (only if the vocals sound feminine or a typical transwoman’s) based on vocals and appearance and I make the final decision whether or not to accept or reject the male vocalist in question. On American Idol 14, I decided to approve Riley Bria as a Vote for the Girls pick based on a similar decision that was made involving James Byron from The Voice UK 3 last year.

Will these changes I made to Vote for the Girls USA boost the sagging performance? Is the Moderators’ Save going to help? Will the Male Moderator Crew of Clark Jones and Leonard Lai get more women to finally support Vote for the Girls? Do you think that even more changes are needed, say dropping dead weight, or even do a little interception during football season since the site is popular in six NFL markets –Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Green Bay, Denver, Tampa, and Pittsburgh?

Only time will tell.

 

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18Nov/14

Ava Zinn Announcement (11/18/14)

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I am well aware of it and you should be too.

I understand that things have been really bad in 2014. This year marks 10 years since I began an ongoing gender transition from male to female. Setback after setback after setback after setback has been the problem for yours truly since my IWU dismissal.

A triumph or two happens to be Vote for the Girls, a site I launched on April 28, 2010 following Siobahn Magnus’ elimination. the site has been successful with six outright victories and going for a seventh.

This year, I made a lot of changes to Vote for the Girls USA that saw the site finally getting what quite possibly the only victory of 2014 following the elimination of Tommy & Peta last night.

Tonight, I watched along with just as much as everyone else witnessed what quite possibly be the second consecutive loss on The Voice with only three girls left–Anita Antioinette, DaNica Shirey, and Reagan James.

So with that in mind, if you have been a fan for years or have known me personally, I am asking you to help my site Vote for the Girls by encouraging you to go to the American version of the site.

Unfortunately, I have decided to make some changes that will incorporate Vote for the Girls (the American, British, and upcoming Austrailian adaptations) and INNewsCenter onto AvaZinn.com effective July 4, 2015.

The sites are not shutting down, per se, but it is apparent that my friends and fans have decided not to support Anita, DaNica, and Reagan.

By not voting for the the girls, you are hurting someone and not even know it.

I want everyone to take the Vote for the Girls pledge tonight or as of January 4, 2015 pay yours truly a monthly fee of $2.50 or $35 a year if you choose not to support the site securing a victory.

Of course, my closest friends have been the strongest bunch and I understand that what I just proposed to them may not work for everyone, I will find someone that will take the Vote for the Girls pledge as a condition of maintaining such friendship. So far, Holly Everman and Rachael Passalt are such friends that have taken the pledge. Those that choose not to, have until October 4, 2015 to comply with this new Ava Zinn Close Friend Mandate or risk ending a close friendship after years of being loyal.

As always, I do thank you for supporting The Vote for the Girls franchise. For those of you that would rather choose the best artist regardless of someone’s gender–I am truly sorry to say this, but after January 4, 2015, if you are a close friend and want to keep it, I know that you all have family obligations and understand that unforeseen circumstances do come up from time to time.

For those of say if the girls sang better, I would vote for them–I want you to consider this suggestion–do it anyway as long as you do not vote for any male contestant once you make the Vote for the Girls pledge since it is indefinite and it does apply to all singing competitions such as The Voice, American Idol, Rising Star, X Factor, and the make-up competitions such as So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Got Talent, and more recently Dancing with the Stars/Strictly Come Dancing.

I’m sure you all have a lot of questions about this and I will be happy to answer them.

I hope you will start voting for the ladies and when girls win these shows, my friends, my fans, and every one of Indiana’s 92 counties win also. The rewards will be amazing when a Vote for the Girls victory occurs.

-Ava Zinn

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21Sep/14

October is Leg Beards for Breast Cancer Month

It may be the 21st of September 2014 and as is typical punishment for failure when a female contestant or a Vote for the Girls pick on my site — voteforthegirls.us — doesn’t win (ex: runner-up or worse), I take part in what has become a tradition that I’ve taken criticism for since I launched the site nearly five years ago.

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I’m not the only woman or transwoman that many have had audacity to say that have called me a f***ot, and far worse derogatory terms that is typically used in the trans community.

Sure, prior to my gender transition, I had a beard and had it shaved after I graduated from Mississinewa High School some 13 years ago.

It was during the month of October of 2012 while watching Fox 59’s newscasts that the guys (notably Brian Wilkes and Ray Cortopassi) have grown their beards out. At the end of the day, I put two and two together and realized back in 2011, I didn’t know a whole lot about Beards for Breast Cancer until I learned it was an Indianapolis-based organization that asked only the guys to grow a beard during the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


In the past, I posted daily pictures of the unlady-likeness of the hairy leg until Haloween night or the morning of November 1. (As I did last year)

But not this year: Because I called off the competition and announced I was auctioning off my virginity to the highest female bidder on April 18, 2014 that ended a little early due to low bids, I decided back in August that I wasn’t going to shave my legs for the remainder of 2014 (to coincide with the vegetarian diet that will end on January 4, 2015) and since I’m often free to ignore the rules of Vote for the Girls as I see fit.. this Leg Beard for Breast Cancer punishment has become a real bitch in 2014. Yes the legs was bid adieu in August as I prepared for five  straight months of leg hair oriented charitable causes (Beards for Breast Cancer in October and No Shave November) .

The rules seem simple enough: Have clean-shaven legs on October 1st (for me earlier than that), grow a leg beard for 31 days, donate money–the latter is usually non-existent. I’m sure there are more rules, but anything that allows me to not shave my legs for a month (or longer) while still supporting breast cancer awareness and gets my vote as a worthwhile charity endeavor.

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About this Leg Beards for Breast Cancer and No Shave November Vote for the Girls Punishment for Failure

After a Vote for the Girls Loss is claimed when a girl doesn’t win shows like American Idol, The Voice, and/or Rising Star, the Vote for the Girls USA moderators (myself, Holly Everman, and other female friends) take part in the the great annual events called “Beards for Breast Cancer since October 2010 and for the first time in November 2014 “No-Shave-November” where guys and girls alike unite in the height of laziness agreeing to not shave their beards or legs (respectively) for the entire months of October and November.

After all, they are the busiest parts of the semester or work year, and you are the farthest behind on sleep, so why waste the time? Plus, it’ll cold enough to wear scarves or jeans (respectively) to cover that unsightly hair.
Everyone, young and old, male and female can participate in Beards for Breast Cancer and No-Shave-November by following this simple calendar of guide-lines. The festivities shall unfold thusly:

  • October 1 (or the first day of Beards for Breast Cancer): Razors are stowed, indifference ignited. Beards for Breast Cancer begins.
  • October 1-7: The week of scratching that itch. Push yourself, control the desire to shave and relieve the itchiness.
  • First Wednesday: Itch hump day.
  • October 14: Finally the women do look ridiculous.
  • October 27: Finally the boys or follicularly-challenged do look ridiculous.
  • November 1: Razors are stowed, indifference ignited. Noshember begins.
    Nov 1-7: The week of scratching that itch. Push yourself, control the desire to shave and relieve the itchiness.
  • Nov 30: Photograph day. Take your best hair exhibiting celebration photos. You have truly completed something great.
  • Dec 1: Great festival of many razors, shaving commences.

Among Beards for Breast Cancer and No Shave November traditions, perhaps the strongest is the beard and/or leg hair contest (or armpits or whatever…be creative). Lets see who is the fullest, bushiest, and most natural after a month, and then join in a ritual corporate shoring of our hides!

 

Girls Rules of the Game

Ladies (and this applies to transgendered and transsexual women as well)! Don’t think that just because you can’t grow a burly beard you can’t participate in Beards for Breast Cancer and No Shave November…You can! Now it may not be on your face, but hair does grow on your body…the most commonly sported female hair is on the legs and under the arms. Now its quite uncommon for even males in our society to be unkempt in general, but its especially uncommon (and unusual) for females to go all natural. So we want to give you a special word of encouragement and thanks for supporting the ways of the hairy. Only a few select women (as part of Beards for Breast Cancer Awareness) have what it takes to participate in this tradition. I think I have been commended for this, as well as my friend Holly  you.

A note from one of the female No-Shave November Facebook groups:

“For all the girls who think they can go for all of November without shaving. We are standing up for our right as women!”

“How long can you go? *oh, btw, this group is only for legs. feel free to shave other places as you wish, cuz i’m not gonna go there*”

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18Sep/14

Ava Zinn Announcement (9/18/14)

As you know AvaZinn.com is celebrating 15 years online come November 1, 2014. The flagship site of Ava Zinn, yours truly, has had two successful ventures, INNewsCenter (launched November 1, 1999; closed June 30, 2011; and planning revival on November 1, 2014), and Vote for the Girls International (United States, United Kingdom, and Australia versions launched April 28, 2010, June 1, 2013, and April 2015, respectively).

VFTG USA - Copy

But unfortunately, producing the YouTube videos and getting the clips uploaded have become a financial burden for Ava Zinn, yours truly. Nearly $38 a month goes to keeping the sites in operation (and that comes out of my pocket, sadly) alone. Then the moderator salaries and obligations to keep Vote for the Girls moderators that can range up to $1,000 a year (counting iTunes downloads by downloading a studio performance by a female contestant also coming out of my pocket) and online advertising (pretty much restricted since I tried putting flyers and basically selling my heart out which hasn’t been working).

On Vote for the Girls USA (the original version I launched a year before) alone, back in May of 2011, I tried offline advertising to get people to vote for Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart in the American Idol 10 finale… Unfortunately for me, despite the well-known “VOTE FOR LAUREN AND HALEY” the most successful campaign, I felt that it wasn’t enough and thinking ‘this isn’t gonna work,’ then I realized that eventually when I auditioned for the 11th season of American Idol auditioning in front of the producers, they had no idea I went undercover and here it is in 2014 what turned out to be two things I think I believe that despite changes on Idol since then–

  1. VoteForTheWorst.com basically ruined Idol and without that particular site or had I began watching Idol prior to American Idol 6, there would not be a Vote for the Girls franchise
  2. since my American Idol audition at Heinz Field and the David Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Vote for the Girls became very popular in both Indiana and Pennsylvania. But recently, I think the site has lost steam after Alex & Sierra’s win on The X Factor 3 last year.

Revenue is down…

Then earlier this year, I tried to advertise Vote for the Girls online with mixed results on Facebook, Twitter, and Google with little success. What I realized now is that when I launched this site in November 1999 (then on a GeoCities site, then Tripod, followed by Aeverine.info, and to the current AvaZinn.com), as well as INNewsCenter (which had its own URL and I’ve decided not to do the same for the 2014 revival but rather AvaZinn.com/INNewsCenter but keeping the INNewsCenter YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter pages.) And as I did back when Vote for the Girls first started, I posted Crystal Bowersox voting information on both the INNewsCenter and my Facebook page (which serves as an alternate Facebook profile since the Vote for the Girls page wasn’t in existence yet.)  Had I run ads (usually cost $500-$1,000 per week) on Google, Facebook, and Twitter and had they ran on Vote for the Worst’s site, (and this is one thing I think I’m doing wrong with Vote for the Girls in 2014) then Crystal Bowersox, Lauren Alaina, Jessica Sanchez, Angie Miller, and Jena Irene would have won American Idols 9-13, respectively instead of those dreaded white guys with guitars.

So, I am officially looking for sponsors for Vote for the Girls US (as well as other adaptations in other countries) that will compensate me for running their ads on the You Tube channels involved, as well as the Vote for the Girls Pledge on the US site.

As for my fellow Hoosiers, fans, friends, and followers, once you make the Vote for the Girls pledge, you CANNOT and WILL NOT vote for male contestants not approved by yours truly because this is a lifetime commitment and I will not accept any excuses like, “If the girls performed better, they’d earn my vote…” or “Oh, Vote for the Girls, I’m not gonna follow that stupid tranny bitch…” or some other excuse.

At the end of the day, what it all comes down to is money, and lots of it. Another factor of what I think will make Vote for the Girls franchise become successful is opening a sports bar or some chain such as Buffalo Wild Wings. That, in addition to the web hosting and moderator salaries, and everything else related to the Vote for the Girls franchise operations.

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24Feb/14

Save Us Ava Zinn: Vote for the Girls in CRISIS!

Vote for the Girls USA

Vote for the Girls USA

In a video I uploaded on YouTube channel (the good clean version obviously), I address the issue that caused me to launch Vote for the Girls USA in April 2010 and the UK version last June.

As you know the site only gets victories when either all the males are voted off and/or a woman wins these competitions. Right now all the males are white guys with guitars and the ladies of American Idol 13 need your help more than ever. Thank fully, with the voting limited this year, there is hope for the site’s victory streak that began when Cassadee Pope won The Voice of America 3 in December 2012 and going for a fifth straight victory.

As you know I’ve been voting for the ladies on shows like American Idol, The Voice of America, and The X Factor USA. In a Twitter post to Vote for the Girls, I was alerted about several white guys with guitars that auditioned for American idol 13. The video speaks for itself

 

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08Nov/13

Mandy Davidson no longer in a relationship with Ava Zinn

Ava Zinn regrets to announce that Mandy Davidson is no longer the significant other or spouse of yous truly. Mandy was a valued individual in my life and there will not be a day I will not miss her.

For yours truly, there is nothing sacred than the trust in a significant other of yours truly and as such is expected to be a leader as a future spouse of Ava Zinn and a supporting gitrlfriend and mother (or stepmother). It is what my family expects day in and day out what I work very hard to deliver the highest quality. I can accept no less. Mandy definitely has the righht to express her anger and outrage like any other spouse or significant other would, but causing significant property damage was definitely not the way to handle a dispute. It is with my belief as a transgendered woman approaching 31 year of age on January 4, 2014 that as the significant other of Aeverine Frathleen Nieves, Mandy’s actions on the morning of November 6, 2013 made it it too difficult for any circumstances on certain matters of yours truly going forward without an irreconcilable difference which is inconsistent with important interpersonal realtionship standards set  between yours truly, a transgendered woman and Mandy, a bisexual woman approaching 32 years of age.

On the morning of November 6, 2013, Mandy and I got into a heated argument lasting 13 hours after she turned off my laptop (and causing the laptop to crash and is currently not booting up properly) as a way to get my attention to to Mandy, causing yours truly problems that spread out onto Vote for the Girls  and in the end, Mandy turned herself into and served two days in jail for disorderly conduct and aggravated assault. Earlier Friday morning, I had learned from a trusted source that she got released from jail with a temporary restraining order, and is no longer welcome at my home.

Mandy decided to end the relationship, which for the first time since I began dating over 20 years ago meant that had I remained a male, this would have turned out really ugly. But as a woman, I handled the news okay, but had known that something was not quite right as she made some serious allegations that I had spent thousands of dollars getting my current home in good shape and in good condition.

Mandy Davidson had originally been the first significant other of yours truly from January 4, 1993 to December 20, 1997 and again since June 3, 2012. She is officially now the first (and thus far only) significant other of yours truly whom had been in a realtionshipo with yours truly — both as a male (1983-2003) and as a woman (2004-present).

As a result, I have to declare that dreaded Facebook post saying “Ava Zinn went from being in a relationship to  single” and the search for Mandy’s replacement is underway. Sadly, this officially marks the second time as a woman I’ve ever declared single. and that proved to be very costly and causing yours truly to go deep in debt as it turned out from April 30, 2011 until June 2, 2012.

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31Oct/13

Ava Zinn misses Vote for the Girls deadline – X Factor Top 16 and The Voice Knockouts results

For the second time in Vote for the Girls‘ 5-season history, I missed the deadline to complete an episode, and yes it .

On Tuesday night, due to a schedule conflict with The X Factor and The Voice. From capturing video to rendering to editing and sound, all of our equipment needed to get the episode online were taking longer than expected  and we were unable to finish episode 510 and 511 in time.  When episode 511 finally got on YouTube NBC took the episode down, and requiring yours truly to redo the episode

VOTE for THE GIRLS 2014 – THE VOICE KNOCKOUTS & VOTE FOR THE GIRLS 2014 – X FACTOR TOP 16 RESULTS  will be uploaded Sunday, November 3.

So what caused Vote for the Girls team to  miss the mark? A little problem called a schedule conflict between The X Factor and The Voice, required yours truly, Holly Everman, and Ariel Swaringen. Also during the episode Holly and Ariel got into a heated feud over Holly Henry losing and I had to break up the dispute. Ava Zinn said, “It’s heart-wrenching to miss an air date but after four years of multitasking by delivering the show to YouTube at the last possible minute, I guess it was unavoidable.”

More details will be posted as soon as more info becomes available.

Ava tries to tell Holly and Ariel to calm down after the most shocking elimination since Pia Toscano

Ava tries to tell Holly and Ariel to calm down after the most shocking elimination since Pia Toscano

Ava's pounding the counter and something almost hits her in the face..

Ava’s pounding the counter and something almost hits her in the face..

Ava swears Shelbie Z will win The Voice.

Ava swears Shelbie Z will win The Voice.

As the host and admin of Vote for the Girls, she has to take a lot of heat not just from the moderators Holly Everman, Ariel Swaringen, and Michelle Steele, but also nearly 30 million viewers that watch The Voice, The X Factor, and American Idol

As the host and admin of Vote for the Girls, she has to take a lot of heat not just from the moderators Holly Everman, Ariel Swaringen, and Michelle Steele, but also nearly 30 million viewers that watch The Voice, The X Factor, and American Idol

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