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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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04Sep/16

Ava Zinn addresses the responses regarding minor accident, recent decisions

I am well aware of it. I am very well aware of criticism I am facing after making the decision to go live on Facebook with a breaking story after witnessing a minor accident on the afternoon of Friday, September 2, 2016 at the intersection of North Wabash Avenue and West Kem Road on the northwest side of Marion (Indiana).

As someone who is an executive producer of “Vote for the Girls (USA on YouTube)” and with some broadcast journalism experience background while attending Mississinewa High School and previously launched a news department back in 1999, you would know what I am talking about. I’m sure that all broadcast journalists have to know whether or not to shoot a Facebook live segment (something I do not do very often, unless it is warranted).

The decision to go on Facebook live just a half hour after witnessing the minor accident, met my threshold and met my threshold of the decision to go on Facebook Live, despite being shaken up. However, keep in mind that I had to find a spot with a stable Wi-Fi connection in order to provide the live update as it happened and had to work with what I have available.

My decision to post the live video on Facebook simply came down to the obligation and a duty to inform fans (both on THIS WEB SITE and Vote for the Girls) and friends without any f**king question in my judgement whatsoever. The decision also came down to the decision of this one news story since I also run the “Vote for the Girls” franchise.

One clear example of when to make the decision to go live on Facebook and/or post on YouTube at the first opportunity (besides posting episodes) happened during the summer break, starting with the very second I got alerted (approximately 4:00 AM Eastern) from sources in Orlando, Florida of word via Twitter about the murder (or should I say the Assassination) of Christina Grimmie on June 11, 2016. The reason that story met my threshold of my definition of an assassination is because Christina Grimmie was my Vote for the Girls pick on the sixth season of The Voice and decided to pick eventual winner Joshua Kaufman (I cannot accept Mr. Kaufman as a fellow Hoosier because he is from Virgina and the reason why WTHR “13 NBC” anchorman Scott Swan is no longer my all-time Indianapolis anchorman–that position is now held by Ray Cortopassi at Fox 59 in Indianapolis) as a “Vote for the Worst pick.”  Two years later (THIS YEAR), NOW I know that I had made the right decision for a good reason or two (Watch “Remembering Christina Grimmie” from VFTG  and “INNewsCenter’s 300th YouTube clip” below the details) ;

  • After Alisan Porter won “The Voice” and watching BOTH clips from Alisan Porter and Joshua Kaufman from “Star Search” back in the day on YouTube as well as after I OFFICIALLY sold my virginity to my girlfriend, Kymberly, as a threat if a female contestant did not win shows like “The Voice” or “American Idol”, which in fact did happen and what eventually lead to the most brutal punishment at the time.
  • Ever since the late Christina Grimmie’s third place finish two years ago, I’ve since made changes to Vote for the Girls to include “flex picking” (or switching picks) last year that produced my first American Idol moderator victory after Nick Fradiani was announced the winner (though I did not watch the finale performances, but Kymberly did because Jax Cole, the last female contestant, finished third, and I never watch an all-male finale nor from 1986 until I posted as part of a late “April Fool’s Day” prank after 23 years on the INNewsCenter YouTube channel, decided to post Scott Jones and Gene Cox anchoring the April 3, 2009 edition of Fox 59’s morning newscast–there are certain days when the day is right or when I do get advance notice then and ONLY THEN will that ever happen)….

Often times, most of the moderator panelists on VFTG also do double duty as a de facto reporter as a broadcast journalist. The first time that ever happened was on June 11, 2016 when I had to broadcast a special episode of “Vote for the Girls” that was eventually posted on the YouTube channel the night of June 11, 2016 (watch below) and also on INNewsCenter (watch below).

I have faced way too much criticism in recent years over recent decisions and a great majority of those decisions proved to be justified (similar to when a police officer has to shoot a suspect), but the fact of the matter is many of those other decisions were made because of what I have available at that time. Take the WISH-TV/Bright House dispute eight years ago, look at the repercussions that followed and the reason why I have cut the cord some years before it became a trend not because of costs, but after the big four Fort Wayne stations were dropped from Bright House is what killed INNewsCenter and outdated equipment . Another clear example was raising just enough funds for my American Idol audition five years ago, when I had no other choice but to raise funds by holding a yard sale yet the side effect of that was breaking the lease.

I’ve received a number of comments about the accident since Friday night. As the webmaster of AvaZinn.com, my obligation is to primarily inform people of Grant County, Indiana with this web site and entertain (such as Vote for the Girls and INNewsCenter). That obligation unfortunately, sometimes, includes uncomfortable subjects or comments that are difficult to hear or even make you angry–most of those comments were hurtful and at times disrespectful for a transgender woman nearing 34 years of age. And while this webmaster is human as well and we have similar reactions. These are situations we take very seriously.

By posting the live Facebook video Friday afternoon, you were able to get a third side of the story, the witness’ side. I wanted to give some insight into the mind of someone who happened to have witnessed the minor accident as it happened  so there was some context and exposure for you. For some, maybe it’s something you are already familiar with; for others it may be something you cannot even comprehend. It was difficult for many of us to watch and understand coming from the witness’ point of view. I’ve seen it way too many times since the day I moved to Marion from Van Buren on October 16, 1996.

The decision to post the live video on Facebook is just a small part in the existing commitment I made on May 26, 2001–the day I graduated from Mississinewa High School. That commitment did not change after I began a long transition to a woman in 2004.

Again, it is the reason why I do this web site and I hope you understand the tough choices we have to make in making the decision to go on Facebook Live. Like our viewers, we want 100 percent of the story.

Ava Zinn
Founder and Webmaster, AvaZinn.com since November 1, 1999

PS: After I watched the video back, I almost swore by saying “This is the f**king news” after I heard a car honk but instead I said, “Oh, crap.” I’ve posted part of the clip as “Ava Zinn – The Thug Life (OFFICIAL EDITED version)” on my YouTube channel and an unedited version has been donated to the ThugLifeVideos YouTube channel.

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02Sep/16

Witness to a minor car wreck (9/2/2016)

The last time I had been a witness to a vehicular accident (if memory serves me right), the Governor of Indiana was Mitch Daniels, Taylor Hicks was the reigning “American Idol”, Wayne Seybold was the mayor of Marion.

I was walking westbound on Wabash Avenue towards Kem Road in Marion, I had saw a black Dodge Ram heading eastbound on Wabash Avenue. I was minding my own business since I was making the long walk to the north-side Afena Federal Credit Union and as I was approaching the intersection of Kem Road and Wabash Avenue, I heard something and I was like ‘Did I just hear what I THOUGHT I HEARD?!’ Since I was the only witness I ran to the Jeep first since it was appeared to be hit and I asked if everyone involved if they were okay. I could already tell the driver of the Jeep had to be a bit shaken up, and if I recall, the drive of the Ram had to be scared. I’m 90 percent positive both drivers have no younger than 25 years age. I’m sure I will read it in the Police Blotter in the Chronicle-Tribune when it released.

I had known this from watching “Rescue 911” back in the day, seeing an overturned pickup truck back in 1994 near 100 North (Bradford Pike) and 600 East, I knew it was pretty minor yet scary in my judgement. It was nowhere near as serious as the 1994 wreck and a car being on fire back in November 2011, or even witnessing a pet seriously injuries in a hit-and-run on November 29, 2006.

The driver of the Jeep that got hit by the Dodge Ram, from my perspective, suffered a major dent and therefore the reason I am able to conclude that the driver of the Dodge Ram is at fault even though the driver of the Jeep, if I recall, turned right on red.

Within five minutes of the accident, Marion Police Officer McKnight (if I recall), spoke to both drivers before speaking to the witness. I had told the officer what had happened.

No physical injuries occurred from the accident. But for this witness that has lived in Marion since October 16, 1996, it is safe to say this is one of the scariest, if not, THE SCARIEST.

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The webmaster of this web site, yours truly,  has not been able to make the site to appeal to mobile users who are currently unable to access the main menu of this web site. The webmaster has had to use a table for the navigation menu because the appearance was not how the webmaster wanted the navigation menu to look.

However,  If you are accessing the site on your mobile device, you will not be able to do so for the time being. The Desktop versions of this web site is not affected. 

We are working to get this issue resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused.

This web site is going through a change that began on the evening of Monday, August 1, 2016. If you’re viewing the site on Monday, August 22, 2016, you may see some parts of the site in transition until the change is complete. Unfortunately, with the navigation menu only working on the desktop version, mobile users will have to deal with the inconvenience until the change is 100 percent complete.

The site is currently being upgraded and we hope you’ll find it easier to use. All of the content still appear there. We’re also trying out a new format to make it easier to scroll through previous items from the web site archives. We will look into rolling that format out  soon.

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15Aug/16

Ava Zinn: Why I’m expanding the Weather section…

Since launching AvaZinn.com on November 1,1999, AvaZinn.com was just the official website of yours truly and the flagship site that I am the webmaster of.

Two more sites–INNewsCenter and Vote for the Girls, were respectively launched on November 1, 1999 and April 28, 2010. Webmastering the three sites took a lot of hard work and planning over the years.

When I ran and operated the original INNewsCenter from 1999 to 2011, a feature called The Indiana Weather Wall provided the look and feel of that particular site. I remember posting the very first clip on INNewsCenter. What soon developed was the very first internet television station that evolved to nothing more than a news-intensive general entertainment independent station called INNCD 47 that was spun off from INNewsCenter in 2008.

In 2011, I closed INNewsCenter not realising the damage that visitors of that site suffered after the site closed on June 30, 2011. The weather wall, posts on INNewsCenter were gone never to be seen again.

In 2014, I revived the INNewsCenter site with a bare minimum archive post and currently a section of this website you are viewing right now — AvaZinn.com. I mentioned that the 2014 revival is unlike the original INNewsCenter. The Weather Wall moved from INNewsCenter to AvaZinn.com and has found a place ever since.

This year, I decided that after announcing AvaZinn.com was unveiling a new look, I also wanted to expand the weather section of this web site. There will be a weather section for ALL 92 counties of Indiana, a feature I considered when I launched INNewsCenter in 1999.

This expansion of the weather section will be the biggest expansion in site history. It will be a lot of hard work and take a number of hours.

Meanwhile, at Vote for the Girls (I’m talking about the whole franchise, not just the American version), there has been a massive expansion. There are now nearly 40 moderators and villains. I have only been working on the appearance of the American Vote for the Girls and just started to use new graphics style that I designed for NoSirGifts Fantasy Television Stations that began to roll out just last year.

I’m hopeful you will see the improvements made to AvaZinn.com once the renovations to this site are completed. Again thank you for visiting AvaZinn.com over the past 17 years.

Sincerest,

Ava's Signature

 

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22Mar/16

Ava Zinn to launch “Vote for the Girls: Junior Edition”

Vote for the Girls: Junior Edition

MARION, IN – Ava Zinn announced today that she is launching a children’s version of the popular web site Vote for the Girls called Vote for the Girls: Junior Edition.

Based on the successful web franchise  Vote for the Girls, Vote for the Girls: Junior Edition will give encouragement for America’s youngsters encourage for fans to vote for supported female contestants and male contestants known as “flex picks” on “The Voice Kids” and “So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation,” of which supported contestants will be aged between nine and 14 years old.

The franchise is made by Aeverine Zinn Holdings and is executive produced by Ava Zinn. .

The series will be broadcast in Summer 2016.

Notes to Editors

 

Vote for the Girls, the popular web site, is created by Ava ZInn and has been produced by Aeverine ZInn Holdings since 2010 and distributed by NoSirGifts Fantasy Television since 2015. Vote for the Girls is hosted by Ava Zinn and Holly Everman and a moderator panel of four divisions (pink and purple for the women and blue and red for the men)  in two conferences based on the moderator panelists’ sexual orientation and/or gender identity Zinn, Kymberly Alvaraz, Kendra Ray, Julia Passalt, Lanise White, Danni McClannahan, Kathi Jameson, and Karly Jameson are on the purple team,  Everman, Perri Johnson, Kellie Rock, Thia Tola, Kathy Roberts, Tracia Ward, and Hillary Matthewson are on the pink team; Archibald Coolranch and Glenn Swaringen are the VFTG villains on the blue team while Luka Runecraft and Clark Jones make up the villains on the red team.

Vote for the Girls is currently in its seventh season on AvaZinn.com and on VoteForTheGirls.us.

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17Nov/15

Vote for the Girls Australia gets a perfect season and ending well

PERFECT SEASON

MARION, Indiana and SYDNEY, Australia (AVA ZINN) – Ava Zinn announced Tuesday that the Vote for the Girls franchise in Australia has achieved a perfect season.

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The franchise got its first victory on the fourth season of “The Voice Australia” when Ellie Drennan, a VFTG AU pick supported by Ava Zinn, was announced the winner. Five more victories followed after Emma Freedman was declared the winner of the fifteenth season of the Australian version of “Dancing with the Stars” and in the process became the first female celebrity to win that show since Birdie Carter won in 2007 with Kathi and Karly Jameson as the winning moderator (the second duo moderator since Ava Zinn and Kymberly Alvaraz in the American version upon Nick Fradiani’s victory on the fourteenth season of “American Idol”).

On The X Factor Australia Tuesday, it was announced the seventh season final consisted of pop duo Jess & Matt, female soloists Louise Adams, male soloist (aka VFTG AU Flex pick) Cyrus Villanueva, all chosen by Ava Zinn, who also hosts the Australian version of VFTG, in addition to the US and the UK adaptations. Jess & Matt, Louise, and Cyrus will be in the Vote for the Girls Hall of Fame, of which will be exported to the American version of Vote for the Girls, of which the United States is the flagship country of the Vote for the Girls franchise.

Also, it was announced Monday on the twenty-first season of the American version of “Dancing with the Stars” upon the unexpected withdrawl of Tamar Braxton, chosen by Julia Passalt, resulting in the disqualification of Ms. Passalt and fellow purple team moderator Lanise White after Kim Zoliac withdrew from the competition. This left Ava and Kymberly as the winning moderator of Dancing with the Stars USA 21 by default, and hence securing Irwin a spot in the Vote for the Girls Hall of Fame in both Australia and the United States.

Vote for the Girls Australia becomes only the third franchise to never had a VFTG Loss–the others are Vota Feminili (Vote for the Girls Italy) and Rosta for Flikorna (Vote for the Girls Sweden).

ABOUT VOTE FOR THE GIRLS USA and VOTE FOR THE GIRLS AUSTRALIA
Vote for the Girls USA was started in May 2010 as a campaign by Aeverine “Ava” Zinn to support voting for Crystal Bowersox following the elimination of Siobhan Magnus. Vote for the Girls is dedicated to supporting all of the female contestants who the producers would love to see win on American Idol, The Voice, Rising Star, and The X Factor. Fans vote en masse for the female contestant(s) that the moderators feel provides the most entertaining performances that go in favor (or on occasion against) what the producers want in a winner and that annoy the voting public. The Australian version started on July 1, 2015 and ended on November 24, 2015.

ABOUT DANCING WITH THE STARS (UNITED STATES)
Hosted by Emmy® Award-winning host Tom Bergeron (America’s Funniest Home Videos) and Erin Andrews (sports host & Dancing with the Stars Season 10 finalist), Dancing with the Stars is the hit multi-award-winning series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which are judged by renowned ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and ballroom dancer and Emmy®- Nominated choreographer Julianne Hough.

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.

Ava has also become a star of the internet both in the Hoosier state and in the U.S., as well as in the UK, with Indiana web series such as SANTA AVA, as well as the top-rated YouTube channels: the American and British versions of VOTE FOR THE GIRLS  and AvaZinn.com. .

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07Oct/15

Ava Zinn to take part in Risperdal settlement

Risperdal

In August 2002, just days after my brother Albert took his own life (despite the Adams County Corner ruling my brother’s death an accident), I was prescribed by Dr. Jerry Co a drug called Risperdal after I said, “I’m OK, but not OK.”

I took that particular medication for as much as as six months and realised that my fate (as a biological male) was sealed the second the pill traveled through my liver.

Today, after reading through my Facebook feed, about Risperdal and male breaths growth, I had an obligation to make my story heard.

I will update this story.

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28Sep/15

Vote for the Girls: United Kingdom and Australian adaptations to end…

Vote for the Girls Australia will end on November 25, 2015 following the seventh season Grand Final of “The X Factor Australia”

As any good steward of business will tell you that elimination and elevation are important factors in today’s market. As a quote said, “That means ending something and taking something you are currently doing and making it better.” After studying the habits of the Twitter and Facebook followers and looking at the YouTube episodes ratings, the decision has been made to complete the run of the Australian and Britain versions of Vote for the Girls. This is not due to financial problems, my ongoing gender transition, or poor ratings in case anyone is wondering. I will say too many restrictions and limits lead to that decision of which the pre-existing restrictions and limits were what caused yours truly go downhill after 2013.

The first Australian season of my popular Vote for the Girls web site began on July 1, 2015 with The Voice Australia’s fourth season. Only two episodes were posted on the Vote for the Girls Australia YouTube channel. According to my resources, the pilot was hardly impressed due to a lack of live feeds from the Australian broadcast networks, unlike the American and British versions. Therefore, the Australian version of Vote for the Girls is on a one week tape-delay and airs at 5:00 AM Eastern (10:00 AM in London and 7:00 PM in Sydney). That was just one reason why I believe Vote for the Girls Australia wasn’t performing good. I can think of four other reasons why VFTG AU became my biggest flop in 14 years.

If the Aussie site was performing better, then the site would have returned for a second season that  would likely want to replace yours truly as webmaster and keep the site going. Based on the ratings and despite what will be a perfect season (as my pick of Ellie Drennan was declared the winner of The Voice Australia season 4, fellow transwoman Kathi Jameson’s pick of Emma Freedman broke an eight year curse on Dancing with the Stars Australia after it was announced that Freedman won over my final pick Matthew Mitcham and a good shot of becoming the winning moderator in the event should my picks of either Natalie Conway, Louise Adams, Michaela Baranov, Jess & Matt, In Stereo, or Cyrus Villanveva–the latter two are flex picks–win the seventh season of The X Factor Australia), it’s far more likely that I had predicted big things for the Australian and British equivalents of Vote for the Girls, very little subscribers on YouTube and followers on the Facebook and Twitter viewers are reported to have tuned in to the most recent updates. The British (or United Kingdom Version) is currently in its third series.

Vote for the Girls UK will end in 2017 (pending renewal of The Voice UK).

And I will confirm speculation is rife that Vote for the Girls Australia will not return for a second season, but I will confirm that Vote for the Girls UK will return for a fourth and final season pending on what happens with “The Voice UK” after that show’s fifth series.

Meanwhile, on the American version of Vote for the Girls, by stark contrast has pulled in better ratings and viewership than the United Kingdom and Australian equivalent of my popular web site devoted to get votes for the female contestants and supporters of that particular web site is popular in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Denver, Tampa, Pittsburgh, and Milwaukee due to the addition of “Dancing with the Stars” on the American version. I’m pleased to announce that Vote for the Girls (USA) will be back for an eighth season and renewed through the 2018-19 season (VFTG’s tenth season, pending what happens with “The Voice USA,” DWTS, SYTYCD, and other competition shows that may be added)

Vote for the Girls USA moderator Lanise White said to yours truly, “Ava, girl, you need to worry about those ratings in Australia and Great Britain! The American version is way better than the UK and Australia combined.” – telling this mogul that she needs to focus more on this transwoman’s efforts across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
But let’s face it, long ago, even before I launched “Vote for the Girls UK” in June 2013, there were signs that the British and Australian versions were headed in, shall I say, one direction: downward. What did I do wrong in Australia and the United Kingdom? I can think of several reasons where I think I went wrong.

  1. Hiring Karly Ryder, Jr.: Trash Tube fans rejoiced when they learned that the Purple vs. Pink rivalry of yours truly and Karly would appear on the Australian and British adaptations of VFTG. But somehow, that chemistry wasn’t there. To make matters worse, Australians confused Karly’s name with an “Australian Idol” alum by the same name of Karly Ryder. And when Karly’s last pick of Naomi Price did not make the The Voice Australia Grand Final, it was clear that her involvement just wasn’t going to work out, at least on the American and Australian versions.
  2. Deaths of Ariel Swaringen, Michelle Steele, Khayla Chow, Rhonda Rhodes and Nermal Everman: Ariel, Michelle, Khayla, Rhonda and Nermal were just as night and day with Nermal already a treasure in Muncie, Indiana, due to being the niece of Vote for the Girls USA moderator and my long-time closest friend Holly Everman while on the other hand, Khayla was just as passionate who was ready for a fight. But after Holly’s infamous “Bi-Black-Bimbo” remark on the American Version and the deaths of Ariel and Michelle in March 2014 in addition to what has since been reported to be a rumored lack of camaraderie with Tracia Ward, Nermal, Rhonda, myself, and Kendra Ray. Just a few weeks into the UK web site’s second series, Khayla was let go from both the American and British versions after I found out from a trusted source (which turned out to be Lanise White) that Khayla actually called The Voice UK 3 contestant Lee Glasson a “f**king d**k-head” upon the elimination of Rachael O’Connor and profiled The X Factor UK 11 contestant Kaleigh Manners as a transman. Khayla did not take the news well and attempted to gain access to the VFTG set by kicking into the door (that startled Tracia) and VFTG USA moderator Kymberly Alvaraz fatally shot Khayla on October 21, 2014 and was eventually found not liable. Whatever the reason, those deaths indicated that even early on, there was chaos behind the scenes of the American, British, and Australian adaptations of Vote for the Girls.
  3. Too Many Schedule Conflicts: It was never a good idea to try to schedule the debuts of both the Australian and British versions of Vote for the Girls around baseball season nor Back to School season in America. One night before the twelfth series of Strictly Come Dancing live shows began on the British version, a black woman (identified as Whitney) interrupted taping of the British adaptation of VFTG that was eventually shown in its entirety and I would eventually get four moderator victories as my Strictly Come Dancing pick of Caroline Flack won with fellow Strictly Come Dancing pick Frankie Bridge being runner-up as well as the Moderators’ Saves of respective X Factor UK 11 and The Voice UK 4 picks of Fleur East and Lucy O’Byrne. Whitney was later sanctioned, confronted and eventually let go at the end of 2014 for that reason and eventually gave the 3:00 PM Eastern slot back to the Zinn family.
  4. Ava Zinn Had Too Many Restrictions and Too Many Limits: The British and Australian versions of Vote for the Girls differed from the American version since London (England) and Sydney (Australia) are respectively five and fourteen hours ahead of Indianapolis. That would create a problem for the Australian version and not for the British version (unless you are willing to give up NFL football). It was never a good idea to even try to produce the Australian and British versions of Vote for the Girls in the same location in America.
    However, yours truly realized a major weakness with the Australian version from its debut, and I had Twitter for live updates and had to wait at least 24 to 48 hours for external feeds and coverage. During The Voice Australia’s fourth season on the Australian version of Vote for the Girls, only the battle and super battles results were shown on the VFTG AU YouTube channel on a one week delay, then suddenly interrupted, and then totally preempted, one the most important competitions: Dancing with the Stars Australia 15. Midway through the competition came the announcement that the rest of the season’s episodes would instead air at a later date.  But, unlike the American and British versions that had live coverage (via Internet live stream), Vote for the Girls Australia could offer only limited recap coverage of the events, making spoilers impossible to avoid. The Aussie version has never really got off the ground.
  5. Too Many Obligations and Commitments… Too Many Problems without Solutions: Several problems on the American  was never a good idea
  6. What Happens in America Does Not Always Happen in other countries: The American version of Vote for the Girls is definitely a successful franchise than  than other countries. On the Swedish and Italian versions of Vote for the Girls, respectively known locally as “Rösta för Flickorna” (Vote for the Girls Sweden) and “Vota Feminilli” (Vote for the Girls Italy), those franchises are currently have yet to see a Vote for the Girls loss; hence, a perfect season (both have used the Moderators’ Save with the Swedish version the first to implement it)–and pretty much add Australia to Sweden and Italy as the only VFTG franchises to have never had a VFTG Loss. Thailand has not been successful though due to the Thai version (known as Vote for the Girls THAILAND) has only seen one victory with Maneepat Molloy, but the Thai adaptation was still totally out of its depth trying to get support for the female contestants on “The Star.” Apparently both the Australian and British adaptations of Vote for the Girls’ first competitions were “The Voice” with Ellie Drennan and Andrea Begley respectively won the fourth season of The Voice Australia and the second series of The Voice UK while the American version’s first competition was “American Idol” season 9 with Crystal Bowersox coming in second place but finally got its first victory with Melanie Amaro on the first season of “The X Factor USA.” Apparently beginner’s luck in Australia and Great Britain in no way prepared yours truly for a bad curse in the months that followed.
  7. The fact VotefortheWorst.com only competed against Vote for the Girls in the United States: Ava Zinn (yours truly) became a YouTube name thanks to THIS WEB SITE, so when the first Vote for the Girls UK YouTube episode debuted, in July 2013 and it was basically “too Americanized”, that seemed rather odd. And the fact that YOURS TRULY–AVA ZINN, the same transwoman who created the Vote for the Girls franchise and is currently selling the franchise worldwide as well as hosting (and also have a moderatror’s victory)  the American. British, and Australian versions, would allow such a web series to run and compete against an anti-fan site just seemed good.
  8. People over Profits (Kymberly Alvaraz buying my virginity): Following my decision to auction off my virginity to eventual partner Kymberly at the end of the British version’s second series, I’d say I laughed all the way to bank and for love, but that would be an inappropriate turn of phrase, considering how completely un-emotive the British and Australian versions were compared to the American version, and occasionally filled in for me on the UK and Australian adaptations when I was unable to do so. All Kymberly brought to the the moderator panel on the Australian and British versions of Vote for the Girls was her name and her fame (as a former news presenter in Denver, Colorado). The now 48 year old’s  glassy-eyed demeanor, and even greater lack of interest in my own Vote for the Girls picks undoubtedly contributed to the slump.

All is not lost for the “Vote for the Girls UK” and “Vote for the Girls Australia” franchise, however. My Strictly Come Dancing (Dancing with the Stars UK) 12 pick of Caroline Flack is currently hosting The X Factor UK and my X Factor UK 10 pick of Samantha “Sam” Bailey is doing well. And of course, there’s always “Vote for the Girls USA,” where I may find the next Valerie Rockey, Cassadee Pope, or “flex pick” Nick Fradiani because IT IS MY SITE–Vote for the Girls–after all.

But when 2017 comes around, there will sadly be no “Vote for the Girls Australia” nor “Vote for the Girls UK” for female vocalists fanatics in Australia and United Kingdom. So there will be speculation that they could watch yours truly swear and blow cigarette smoke when the uncensored American version is posted instead.

Vote for the Girls USA has been renewed for an eighth season.

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