Back in July, I realized when the search to relocate from Marion to Indianapolis had almost reached a dead-end.I had contacted various apartment complexes in Indianapolis, with mixed results–either got no response or worse.
So I put two and two together, and decided that I would actually make another trip to Indianapolis because I had won my wager with my former boss at ATE Media on who won The Voice – my pick of Danielle Bradbery won the voice and earned the Indianapolis visit and Patrice Rafferty wanted to take me on a shopping spree, but then on July 30, I checked my mail and received something from IndyGo thinking “did I order a Day Pass online” and when I opened the letter, I had found out that I won four tickets to the Indiana State Fair.
Also, I wanted to avoid the same mistakes that were made in Indianapolis from three years ago. Particularly for me, because this is my life: I go out to eat on occasion. I live like this because as a transgender woman 30 years of age in a relationship with a bisexual woman 31 years of age (nominally that’s essentially have a significant other, but since the state of Indiana doesn’t recognize same sex marriage, I am forced to use single as a relationship status and not on Facebook).
Like many families in East Central Indiana, I recently had to resign from Carey Services following a dispute over housekeeping skills, essentially no reliable transportation (the closest thing to reliable transportation is a bicycle and public transportation), yet only an affordable roof over my head and in Marion, have updated technology. They, sadly, rely on food stamps, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, and food banks, and perhaps more serious using credit cards to survive. And use of the SNAP program is growing, not shrinking.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: Enough with the sob story! People abuse the system to buy things they shouldn’t. If they would use a little common sense, they could get by on $132.46 per person per month. But while I was in Indianapolis, I had to rely heavily on credit cards (especially fast food from White Castle and convenience stores like Ricker’s across the street from the Fairgrounds and Circle K) and SNAP to get by. Thankfully, I usually go grocery shopping every month or when I am bored and had just completed my monthly run, and had enough left over for the Indianapolis trip and also did the same when I auditioned for American Idol in Pittsburgh two years ago.
However, this is an opportunity as a transgender woman nearing 31 years of age to boost my venues into 2014-15 television season. I’m insisting I have no intention of backing down from this fight and that I’ll be in for the long haul. But word back in Marion from several weeks and months according to notable critics of the relocation to Indianapolis are opposed just because of the recent violence in Indianapolis, to which I’ve acknowledged as “no municipality has such a safe neighbourhood if think long enough” .
All this comes as yours truly nearly a month after several of my friends have complained and criticized about my mode of transportation during the wake and funeral of the late Travis Simpkins on the afternoon of July 18, 2013. That caused yours truly to pass several new policies that will go into effect such as the 2-5-10-LIFETIME BAN (effective 7/4/14), a weather-related emergency plan (effective 10/4/13), a watered-down version of Jessica’s Policy (since 1/4/2013).
It is a tough stance to head off a rebellion among those concerned about yours truly that are worried that my relocation from Marion to Indianapolis might do more harm than good, leaving fewer choices for yours truly. Another reason has to be the recent violence that has plagued in Indianapolis to which Kayla Cox commented on July 15 in a Facebook post, “…you keep saying you want to get away from Marion because of all the shootings, have you been watching the news last week alone there was 13 shootings in 7 days down here!”
I’m seeing it as a statement as well: This is a big business opportunity for yours truly, and I’m in it to make money. Opponents are only saying I should let the opportunity pass because of the issues of crime and public safety. However, the late Robyn (Hurd) Matthewson (1961-2012), my BFF, had said “Ms. Zinn cannot continue to lose offers and opportunities with a flawed support system. We need to find a way to receive a fair value for every individual working with Ms.; Zinn and those who are friends with Ms. Zinn, whether recently or have known Ms. Zinn recently or before her gender transition,” Mrs. Matthewson said I would consider changing friend affiliations to another individual as a last resort, if existing friends of my friends did not agree to the terms sat forth in Mrs. Matthewson’s letter.
In 2012, I dropped friendships from with four individuals with three of the replacement friends that became interested. In the Mississinewa district, two existing friends go from a primary friend of Ava Zinn (yours truly), as I sought to make some upgrades: in the then-BFF #7 (now #6) position, yours truly moved the position from Brandon Jones to Ramona (Reed) Tyler, while in the BFF #12 position yours truly moved the position from Robert Craven to Jessica Baisden.. As a result, the friend changes also saw Alec Dailey and Justin Planck becoming the only remaining Top 12 (later 13) male friends with yours truly. The BFF #1 position moved from Robyn (Hurd) Matthewson to Holly (Everman) Willis following Matthewson’s death on May 24, 2012. At which point Wendy (Becker) Simpkins and Dara (Williams) Richards (becoming the only two newer close friends thus far) were promoted the BFF #11 and BFF #13 positions in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
“Make no mistake, Indianapolis is the perfect fit for yours truly. The crime rate and neighbourhood might not be the right place, but yeah,” I said, “You’ve got Franklin University (of Ohio) in Castleton as a college to replace Indiana Wesleyan in Marion, you’ve got the same stores you have in Marion as well as some new retailers in Indianapolis. In some cases you’ve got a typical Muncie and lots of store availability compared to Marion as well as the obvious answer–more LGBT friendly. It makes no sense to keep living in Marion and continue to lose offers and opportunities due to geography limitations and safety issues.”
Losing the opportunity to relocate to Indianapolis would be dicey for yours truly, further dragging down quality.
That’s the last thing Ava Zinn needs because she has dealt with far too many setbacks since the WISH-TV/Bright House Networks dispute.
Then there are those people that really don’t want yours truly in Indianapolis, the ones that say they don’t want Ava to leave Marion, the ones that are non-LGBT, the ones that do not support same sex marriage in the State of Indiana, the ones that support gay conversion therapy, the ones who would rather see Ava Zinn deceased.
“I think Ava’s making a bad decision of relocating to Indianapolis,” said a Grant Blackford official who’s opposed to the relocation. “She basically has no business in Indianapolis.”
Issues aside, Tyler, for one, thinks yours truly will need more research before making a final decision. Tyler, like Cox also thinks Indianapolis’ crime rate and public safety issues will only add fuel to the recent headaches of yours truly in recent years.
Besides, Tyler believes writing Zinn off is always a mistake. “That’s done too often and she (Ava)’s proven people wrong a lot,” she said.
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