Ava Zinn in 2022
January 4, 1983
|Known for||Vote for the Girls (US and UK)|
Vote for the Girls USA (2010–21)
Vote for the Girls UK (2013-15)
Vote for the Girls Australia (2015)
INNewsCenter.net (1999-2011; 2014–)
INNCD 47 Action News (1999-2008)
Queen of the Willis (2006-12 and 2019-26)
Vote for the Girls franchise (2010–21)
Caprice & Ella (2021-present)
|Home town||Van Buren, Indiana|
|Television||WMRI-FTV (NBC) (1990-1998)|
WXXC (Ind.) (1999-2009)
|Spouse||Angela Willis (m. 2001; wid. 2010)|
|Children||7 (1 living, including Samantha, Tiffani, and Tabitha)|
Aeverine Frathleen Nieves, (born Frank Zinn January 4, 1983) better known as Ava Zinn, is an American transwoman, actress, animator, filmmaker, comedian, singer, and retired webmaster. Zinn is the creator of the TV series Queen of the Willis (2006-12 and 2019-26), Vote for the Girls (2010–21), and Caprice & Ella (2021-present).
Zinn's YouTube appearances are defined by her bluntness, fiery paitence, strict demeanour, and frequent use of profanity. She combines activities in the television and film industries, and has promoted and hired various personalities who have apprenticed under her wing.
Zinn has performed as a singer at several venues, including her high school and Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Zinn has released two singles (both cover songs), in the same vein of her musical idols Jon Secada, David Bowie and Whitney Houston, beginning with her draft rendition of Phil Collins’ 1981 debut single In The Air Tonight in 2011.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Awards
- 4 Aeverine Zinn Holdings
- 5 Music
- 6 Public image and reception
- 7 Controversies
- 8 Filmography
- 9 Personal life
- 9.1 Gender transition and sexual orientation
- 9.2 Family and relationships
- 9.3 Health and personal incidents
- 9.4 Lawsuits
- 9.5 LGBT, Education and Vaping rights
- 9.6 Sports involvement
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Ava Zinn was born Frank Zinn on January, 4, 1983 in LaGrange, Illinois to Willis and Margaret Zinn and raised in Van Buren, Indiana from the age of 2 until relocating to Marion, in October 1996. Zinn was the youngest of two children, and raised in the Landess neighburhood of Van Buren. She had an older brother, Albert (1977-2002). When Ava was fifteen months old, her father died from pneumonia. She sang in the choir of Northview Elementary School, and graduated from Mississinewa High School in 2001. She is the niece of former Columbia City mayor Joseph Zickgraf (as such, Zinn's fellow Vote for the Girls USA Purple Team North teammate Donna Doogan is the niece of former Columbus mayor Greg Lashutka.).
She continued on to college at Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) and was dis-enrolled for unable to adapt to the college life. After her dis-enrollment, Zinn has described her early adult life as "hopelessly itinerant", as her family moved constantly due to the aspirations and failures of her mother, who was violent at times until her mother's death in May 2002 and brother's suicide in August 2002. Zinn has described her mother as a diabetic and brother as an epileptic.
After working at ATE Media for nine years, Zinn, tired of "the rages and the bullying and violence", decided that the way to further advance her career was to study webmastering. (While at ATE Media, she met Holly Everman, later her Vote for the Girls co-host and long-time closest friend from 1990 until Everman's death in May 2017.) From there, Zinn moved from ATE Media to NoSirGifts, which was founded by her mother in 1987, to work with Jackson Steele and Bob Imperial, both news anchormen. At one time, Ava Zinn states that Jackson Steele was her mentor. She continued her training at NoSirGifts for tweleve years, before giving in to the physical and mental stress of the television news industry and taking five years to work as a retail production associate.
News Anchor/YouTube Personality
Zinn first came to prominence in 1999 while serving as news director at WRDS-FLP (channel 47, now WXXC) in Fort Wayne, Indiana. WRDS station owner Rachel Dean, Sr. founded the station while at the same time Zinn launched INNewsCenter. Dean invested heavily in pouring most of the station's resources into its news department. With Dean's backing, Zinn adopted the "News Directors and Producers Have a Choice, Viewers Don't" format heavy on two-woman anchor teams. Zinn was often criticized for an emphasis on all-female news teams, as it was often overlooked that diversity was a major concern for the people of Fort Wayne at the time. However, the "INNCD 47 News" format revived a station that had low ratings prior to its merger with WTOR (channel 41). It also heavily influenced what other NoSirGifts stations' newscasts would look like for many years to come.
At WXXC, Zinn co-anchored with Justin Planck on RAT TV in 2001 and was best known for creating LGBT news formats which pair a news anchorwoman and a transgendered anchorwoman or two anchorwomen presenting newscasts to make news more attractive for LGBT audiences.
On February 5, 2007, Zinn revived her news anchoring career anchoring INNCD News at 10 (now INNCD 47 Action News at 10:00 and produced with WTOR). Zinn, as a transgender woman, did what other transgender women almost never did at that time. Fellow transgender anchorwomen Julia Passalt from Minneapolis and Denver, Fiona Johnson from San Fransisco, Kendra Ray from Des Moines would all do the same in the late 2000s and early 2010s.
In 2008, NoSirGifts acquired stations owned by Imperial Broadcasting (longtime owner of WTOR, Lafayette Fox affiliate WLIN-FTV, now-CBS affiliate WIFX-FTV Indianapolis, and NBC affiliate WVTH Vincennes), NT Communications (owner of now-ABC affiliate WXWI Milwaukee), and DakMedia (owner of Fox affiliate KDNC Denver). Like WXXC, WLIN, WIFX, WVTH, WXWI, and KDNC had long been in third place in the local news ratings. Zinn implemented changes with the hope of turning the stations around. By this time, Zinn's reputation in television news was such that many of the station's veteran reporters in Inddianapolis and Milwaukee resigned. Zinn relaunched stations with a considerably watered-down version of the WXXC format, which was still shocking by Indianapolis and Milwaukee standards. Nonetheless, it led to a ratings boost, especially after WIFX and WXWI respectively switched affiliations from Fox to CBS in 2009 and Fox to ABC in 2012. WXWI soon rose to second place in the Milwaukee ratings while WIFX soon rose to first in Indianapolis and in Fort Wayne, WTOR overtook long-dominant WMRI in key time slots in the last decade.
Zinn's largest effect on American culture came from her popular web sites INNewsCenter and Vote for the Girls. Shortly thereafter, Patrice Rafferty re-entered her life, offering to set her up with a webmaster position and 10% share in ATE Media. The show was named Wheel of Fortune. Despite the show's success, a dispute with Zinn's business owners and Zinn's dream of running her own web site led to her leaving the partnership in 1998.
From her first website, Zinn's empire has expanded rapidly, next launching INNewsCenter in 1999, then the RAT TV page on the Mississinewa High School web site, ATE Media, NoSirGifts (which she inherited five years after her mother's death and was later forced to close), and later the original American version of Vote for the Girls. Zinn has launched web sites outside the United States, beginning with the British version of Zinn's popular Vote for the Girls in 2013, despite mixed reviews from professional critics.
In 2020, Zinn retired from webmastering to focus on other work and declares herself semi-retired.
The success of Vote for the Girls and INNewsCenter made Zinn a local and later Hoosier pop culture celebrity, leading to become one of the popular transgendered women in . This led to speculation that she could run for political office (such as Mayor of Marion, Indiana) and become the first openly transgender woman in to be elected to office as well as becoming the first female mayor of Marion, Indiana. However, in 2007, Zinn decided that she has no plans to run for office. It should be noted, however, Zinn has been far more successful as a woman than she ever was as a male, as she has interests in media, real estate, education, and retailing thus it is highly unlikely that she is actively looking to run for political office.
As Zinn had done throughout most of her tenure, Ava has has limited the incorporation of her legal name – choosing to go by Ava Zinn (or alternately "Aeverine Zinn" as this is used as her signature). Zinn has stated a lot of people mispronounced the legal name.
|Origin||Van Buren/Fort Wayne, Indiana|
|Labels||Aeverine Zinn Digital Media Group|
On April 18, 2011, Zinn announced on her YouTube channel that she is planning to audition for the eleventh season of ‘’American Idol’’.
She auditioned for American Idol in Pittsburgh not only as a contestant but also went undercover for her “Ava Zinn Wants To Know” segment for her website and “Vote for the Girls.” She sang "In The Air Tonight." A producer commented that she had a "good voice but not right for the competition." Zinn later stated the Katy Perry song “Firework” was extremely difficult. She was eliminated and was denied the opportunity to audition in front of Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson. Zinn said, “my audition not only changed my life but it put ‘Vote for the Girls’ on the map for good."
Launched in 1999, AvaZinn.com (then known as FrankyZinn.com) was Zinn’s first solo website, hosted on Geocities. In 2002, it was voted Top Web site in the State of in the Northeast Indiana region. In 2014, the Chronicle-Tribune claimed that Zinn spent more time on YouTube and webmastering than in her home but she still maintained the highest standards.
Zinn's flagship web site, AvaZinn.com, was voted one of Indiana's top sites for five years, but in 2006 was placed below INNewsCenter, another site Zinn owns and operates.
Aeverine Zinn Holdings
All of Zinn's business interests (web sites, media, consultancy) are held in the company Aeverine Zinn Holdings LLC, which was run in a sole proprietorship by Zinn herself. Zinn owns a 70% stake, with ATE Media and NoSirGifts Venues owns 5% each.
Whereas previous ventures acted as a combined consultant/brand, in May 2013 Zinn announced plans to purchase outright the Vote for the Worst upon the site's closure which would have redirected to Zinn's Vote for the Girls site and eliminate the competition.
|Internet Venture||Location||Date opened||Date closed|
|AvaZinn.com|| Marion, Indiana (1999-2018)
Fort Wayne, Indiana (2018-present)
|November 1, 1999||-|
|INNewsCenter|| Gas City, Indiana (1999-2001)
Marion, Indiana (2001-11)
|November 1, 1999||June 30, 2011|
| Marion, Indiana (2014-18)
Fort Wayne, Indiana (2018-present)
|December 2014 (Revival)||-|
|Vote for the Girls USA||Fort Wayne, Indiana||April 28, 2010||May 23, 2021|
|Internet Venture||Location||Date opened||Date closed|
|Vote for the Girls UK||Fort Wayne, Indiana||June 1, 2013||December 2015 (Left AZH)|
|Vote for the Girls Australia||Fort Wayne, Indiana||June 1, 2015||November 2015 (Left AZH)|
Public image and reception
Zinn's music and image reputation is built upon her goal of media perfection. Since Zinn's development of long-running site INNewsCenter.net and later Vote for the Girls, the webmaster has also become infamous for her fiery temper and use of expletives. Zinn once famously ejected Indianapolis news anchorman Scott Swan, from her web site, leading Swan to state that "Zinn is a wonderful webmaster, just a really second-rate human being." 
Zinn has also had confrontations with her fans, including one incident that resulted in a neighbour calling the police. A 2012 interview reported Zinn had retained 85% of her staff since 1999. Zinn attributes her pugnacious management style to the influence of previous mentors, notably entrepreneur Patrice Rafferty, and cousin Patricia Purvis.
Zinn's ferocious temper has contributed to her media appeal in both the United States and the United Kingdom, where her programs are produced. One source featured an article about America's worst LGBT individuals, which listed Zinn as the only transgender woman. They cited her frequent loss of her temper, her harsh critiques, notably when she picks on something other than one's singing abilities, such as calling someone a "jumbo bimbo." She maintains that such behavior and sexism within the voting period is necessary and demonstrates passion.
Zinn has been criticized for her frequent use of profanity on YouTube, first by fans of Vote for the Worst then, in relation to Vote for the Girls UK, by annoyed fans of The X Factor. In her autobiography, Zinn herself said he was unaware of the extent of her swearing and bias against male contestants until she watched an episode of American Idol. While she stated he did not have a problem with it and bias against male contestants, "Mum would be turning in her grave right now".
Zinn began ending some episodes (later every episode) of Vote for the Girls USA and Vote for the Girls UK as well as some episodes of Caprice & Ella with her phrase "help control your child's education, have them immunized" (the broadcast catchphrase line Zinn has used dating back to 1999) along with the web site's phrase: "... and keep voting for the ladies." Beginning with the pilot of Retail Nightmares episode, Zinn began ending every episode of all her programs with her aforementioned phrase and added these words: "...and may Fort Wayne's Good News Be Yours" after relocating to Fort Wayne in 2018.
Despite being known for her ferocious temper, Zinn has been well-received as the host of Vote for the Girls: Junior Edition and Caprice & Ella; in contrast to her interaction with adults, Zinn was shown to be more considerate and sensitive to the kids featured on Vote for the Girls: Junior Edition's supported young contestants.
For most of her tenure as a male and in Marion, Zinn was one of the weaker males in terms of self-image and performance, usually ranking within the bottom ten percent of all males. However, since her gender transition to female and relocating to Fort Wayne with the rise of same sex relationships in the state of Indiana, Zinn has been far more successful in her self-image, performance, and popularity. Zinn, as a transgender female, is considered to be a lesbian.
Mississinewa 500 Prom Date Controversy (April 2001)
In 2000, at Mississinewa High School, Zinn (then known as Frank) used the phrase "Mississinewa 500" to describe the high school's prom. In August 2000, Zinn began her senior and final year at Mississinewa High School and recently broke up with then-girlfriend and mother of then-nine month old Tiffani (then known as Timothy), Elisa Everman, as she was attending what was then IPFW (now Purdue University Fort Wayne) and Zinn was unwilling to move to continue the relationship.
Zinn spent nearly her entire senior year searching for a prom date and eventually narrowing down to two women--Zinn's eventual wife Angie Willis and a sophomore by March 2001. Zinn's prom date search came to an end on April 16, 2001 when the sophomore and Zinn made a verbal agreement according to an investigation by Sheena Jay and the agreement had to be finalized by both Zinn's mother, Margaret Zinn, and the sophomore’s mother. Zinn had to lie about the sophomore's age because of did not have a Romeo & Juliet laws as well as a family rule prohibiting Zinn from dating a female younger than Zinn (this rule has since been repealed). Another likely factor was Angie's age, which most proms only allows individuals under 21 as Angie was 22 and Zinn was 18. This would play a key role to Zinn's dis-enrollment from Indiana Wesleyan University on September 27, 2001.
The sophomore student's name was initially released in 2001, but has since been banned from all Ava Zinn ventures. In August 2009, Sheena Jay, Zinn's niece-in-law, was hired to investigate and eventually concluded that two of Zinn's longtime friends, Veronica Schmerber and Sheena Fromholz, already knew about the plans for that Saturday night. Fromholz later claimed her plan was to go to Applebee’s in Marion instead of the Red Lobster restaurant in Muncie, where Fromholz and the sophomore student ended up for pre-prom plans.
Zinn's long-time close friends Veronica Schmerber and Telissa Hunt were officially identified as the prom date(s) of Ava Zinn on April 28, 2012, and the case was considered closed. Over the years, it was believed that Schmerber had spent more time than the sophomore student, but both times the sophomore student later recanted her admissions. In addition to the Mississinewa 500 fiasco, two other women (Marti Kincaid and Amber Dooley) claimed responsibility, but the cold case investigation determined that most of these from the sophomore student confessions were lies. An investigation revealed that the sophomore student did not fulfill the duties as a prom date. Following Sheena Jay's report, Zinn wasted little time to announce that she will invite Schmerber and Hunt to a future wedding of Zinn's (in the event should Zinn remarry), in addition to Alec Dailey and Justin Planck (both of them will be named "Co-Best Man").
The Mississinewa 500 would prove to be the last time Zinn ever wore a necktie and eventually sealed the fate of her life as a biological male.
Indiana Wesleyan University Dismissal (September 2001)
Five months after the Mississinewa 500 controversy, Angie, Ava's wife, took Ava to Indiana Wesleyan University on September 27, 20011. Angie said that she stopped to pick up a jar of Ragu Spagetti Sauce (for 88 cents each) and bananas (38 cents a pound) at the local Marsh and the CVS pharmacy next door to get a couple of two-liters of Coca-Cola, and then stopping at the Speedway station to get gas. It was later conjectured by Zinn's account there was a lot of construction, remodeling, and a commuter’s lounge at the college, and the suggestion of a food pantry that was unfamiliar to Zinn. Ava Zinn was dis-enrolled from the university after four weeks and was resolved on February 7, 2019–906 weeks to the day after her dismissal. It was expected Zinn would be finding another institution to attend after Zinn's move from Marion to Fort Wayne, but has been fulfilled as of August 25, 2020 when she began attending IvyTech Fort Wayne.
March 2015 VFTG USA tirade
Minutes after her Vote for the Girls USA pick of Sarina-Joi Cowe was eliminated on March 12, 2015, Zinn unleashed a torrent of expletives and threats designed to motivate her fellow purple team moderators. In one portion she exclaims she is "fucking tired of losing to the Pink Team [moderators of VFTG USA (Holly Everman, Kellie Rock, and Tracia Ward)]. "In another portion she exclaims she auctioned off her virginity to Kymberly Alvaraz (who had became Zinn's girlfriend since November 2014 and moved to the purple team) and said "there's no more Team Ava." Unknown to most, the cameras were still rolling and was included in the web site's sixth season finale. The speech has since been one of the most watched VFTG USA season finales on the web site's YouTube channel alone. Kendra Ray and Julia Pasalt were unable to remember the specific speech because such expletive-filled outbursts by Zinn are so frequent. Zinn and Alvaraz's pick of Nick Fradiani would go on to the American Idol 14 finale in which Fradiani became the winner of American Idol (as well as the web site's first male victory on Idol).
Relocation to Fort Wayne
In March 2015, Zinn appeared before the media and exclaimed, "This is my Goddamn site!" She reiterated that, despite problems, the rumors that she was moving were untrue at the time. With negotiations over finding a new college/university at an impasse, one of the chambers of Cornerstone Behavioral Health with the assistance of the Marion city council passed a rule on May 11, 2018, allowing Cornerstone to seize Zinn's assets under eminent domain, which Cornerstone officials had threatened to do. Zinn claimed Cornerstone promised her several guarantees, something they later denied, citing Zinn's poor performance and financial aspects. The next day, fearing a dawn raid and increased scrutiny on the Marion headquarters, Zinn accepted a deal offered by the city of Fort Wayne, Brendonwood Park, and the Fort Wayne Housing Authority.
Move to Golfview Apartments in Fort Wayne
On June 10, 2022, Black Pine Flats (the former Brendonwood Park Apartments) announced it was not renewing Zinn's lease (as seen in the Caprice & Ella miniseries "Breaking Boiling Point"). Zinn almost immediately applied to Golfview Apartments and was approved, yet there was a waitlist.
Zinn discovered that an outright move of from Black Pine Flats to Golfview Apartments would force her to pay $2,600 from the deal. To solve this problem, Zinn, Black Pine Flats, Fort Wayne Housing Authority, Golfview Apartments, BrightPoint, Catholic Charities, and Christopher Baumgartner of Indiana Legal Services entered into a complex deal in August 2022. To make the deal for Zinn an even trade, Zinn offered to pay at least full amount of October and November 2022 rent while the deal with Golfview is ironed out; additionally, benches at the CitiLink bus stops near Black Pine would be installed by Zinn as a memorial as well as a maintenance guy receiving aluminum cans from Zinn herself.
|†||Denotes works that have not yet been released|
|2001||Senior Memory||Yes||No||No||Yes||No||Herself||Credited as Frank Zinn|
|2023||Breaking Boiling Point||Yes||No||No||Executive||Yes||Herself||Caprice & Ella miniseries|
|2023||Quillsville Cold Case: From Retirement to Homicide Detective †||Yes||Yes||Yes||Executive||Yes||Ava Willis, Brittany Willis, Rhonda Willis, Albert Willis, Bianca Willis, Austen Willis, Mandy Willis, Shushu Willis, Tabby Willis, Heather Willis, Kendra Kendall, Anna Pamhouser, Angelika Mullins, Caleb Mullins, Zach Mullins, QMPD Captain Brad Hunter, Dr. Mario Coxson, Helen Turner||Quillsville Cold Case pilot|
|2024||Caprice & Ella: The Movie †||Yes||Yes||Yes||Executive||Yes||Herself|
|TBA||Fort Wayne's Cat: The Search & Rescue of Caprice Zinn †||Yes||No||Yes||Executive||Yes||Herself||TV movie|
|1990||Patrice||No||No||No||No||No||Herself||Credited as Franky Zinn|
|1990-1998||NewsCenter 9||No||No||No||No||No||News Presenter/Correspondent||Credited as Franky Zinn|
|1999-2007||INNCD (47) Action News||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||News Presenter/Correspondent||Credited as Aeverine Nieves or Ava Nieves; Also News Director|
|2004-2009||Amanda & Elisa||Yes||No||Yes||Executive||Yes||Various voices||Credited as Aeverine Zinn or Aeverine Nieves|
|2006-2012||Queen of the Willis||Yes||No||Yes||Executive||Yes||Ava Willis, Rags Willis, Shushu Willis, Heather Willis, Anna Pamhouser, and Various Voices||Credited as Aeverine Nieves|
|2009-12||Hoosier Anchorwoman!||Yes||No||Yes||Executive||Yes||Kendra Kendall and Joyce Kendall|
|2010–2021||Vote for the Girls (United States)||Yes||No||No||Executive||Yes||Host/Judge||Moderator on the purple team|
|2013-2015||Vote for the Girls (United Kingdom)||Yes||No||No||Executive||Yes||Host/Judge||Moderator on the purple team|
|2015||Vote for the Girls (Australia)||Yes||No||No||Executive||Yes||Host/Judge||Moderator on the purple team|
|2019-2026||Queen of the Willis||Yes||No||Yes||Executive||Yes||Ava Willis, Ron Willis, Tabby Willis, Shushu Willis, Heather Willis, Ron Willis, Brian Willis, Anna Pamhouser, and Various Voices|
|2020-2023||The Souzas||Yes||No||Yes||Executive||Yes||Various Voices|
|2021-present||Caprice & Ella||Yes||No||Yes||Executive||Yes||herself||Main cast|
|TBA||Quillsville Cold Case †||Yes||Yes||Yes||Executive||Yes||Ava Willis, QMPD Captain Brad Hunter, Various Voices|
|1999-2011||INNewsCenter||Yes||No||No||No||No||Founder and Webmaster|
|1999-present||AvaZinn.com||Yes||No||No||No||No||Webmaster (1999-2020)||Flagship web site|
|2010-2021||Vote for the Girls||Yes||No||No||No||No||Founder and Webmaster|
Gender transition and sexual orientation
At the age of 11, Zinn started to self-identify with the female gender. At 21 years old, she officially changed her name through the Grant County Circuit Court. She is yet to go through the process of changing her name and sex marker from male to female on all of her state and federal documents, including her birth certificate, driver's license, and social security index as of June 2014, as well as estrogen hormone treatment to transition to living life as a woman. As a result of her gender transition, Zinn became a lesbian as a sexual orientation.
Zinn is currently a pre-operative (pre-sex reassignment surgery) transsexual woman, coming out as transgender on November 1, 2003. She began her transition on December 1, 2004 when Zinn legally changed her name. With the gender change, Zinn became Mississinewa High School's first transgender alumnus.
In 2005, Zinn began home electrolysis to remove facial hair.
At one time, Zinn announced she is considering a facelift, sometimes called "facial feminization surgery" and tracheal reshaping and grafting, and contouring of the face to effectuate a female appearance. Because she wants to have biological children and sterilization was not a requirement to undergo a valid sex change anywhere in the United States, she kept her external reproductive organs intact. Zinn has stated that this has kept her from estrogen hormone treatment to transition to living life as a woman. However, as of May 2015, Zinn stated due to current significant other at the time, Kymberly Alvraz, approaching her 50's and having the early stages of menopause, it was likely that Zinn could obtain a surrogate mother using Zinn's sperm. Also, Zinn has stated that her sexual assault in April 2015 may be a blessing in disguise.
Family and relationships
Zinn has been romantically linked to various women during her career. As a result of Zinn's ongoing gender transition, she identifies her sexuality as a lesbian.
( August 15, 1993–November 30, 2020 (aged 27))
|Samantha announced in September 2019 that she is expecting fraternal twins: a son (Ava's first grandson): Michael Albert Zinn and daughter (Ava's second granddaughter) Madison Leah Zinn to be born on January 4, 2020. Samantha died on November 30, 2020.|
( September 29, 1997–November 29, 2006 (aged 9))
|On November 29, 2006, at the intersection of 16th and Nebraska Streets in Marion, Indiana, Thomas was one of two children--the other being Sadie Hutchinson were hit by Davidson's car, killing Thomas on imapact and injuring Hutchinson.|
( December 1, 2000 –May 9, 2020 (aged 19))
|On December 3, 2015, Ava Zinn filed to legally adopt Davidson's daughter, Kylee Donovan (now transgendered son Kalvin Zinn), from Davidson's previous marriages to Juan Donovan. The adoption was finalized on January 4, 2016 and Kylee's name was changed to Kylee Zinn upon the adoption being finalized.On June 1, 2018, Kalvin began undergoing his own physical and social gender transition from female to male. Kalvin died on May 9, 2020.|
|Elisa Everman||Sheryl "Shushu"
( November 11, 1999–May 24, 2009 (aged 9))
|Sheryl died from stage 4 lukemia on May 24, 2009.|
( November 11, 1999 – August 5, 2021 (aged 21))
|On December 1, 2013, Tiffani began undergoing her own physical and social gender transition nine years after Zinn's transition. Tiffani married Jenna Atkins in 2017 and had one daughter (Ava's first granddaughter): Alisan Brynn Zinn (born June 4, 2018). Tiffani died on August 5, 2021.|
|Angie Willis (formerly Nieves)|| Ashli
( June 7, 1998 –May 9, 2020 (aged 21))
|Zinn married Angela Nieves on May 27, 2001. They remained married for nine years until her death on June 1, 2010 of heart failure, and Zinn has not remarried since yet in July 2013, Ava filed to legally adopt Angela's daughter, Ashli. When the adoption was final in January 2014 Ashli's name changed to Ashli Lynne Zinn. Ashli died on May 9, 2020.|
( March 27, 2003–July 17, 2018 (aged 15))
|July-November 2010||Christy Johnson||Relationship lasted four months.|
|2014–2017||Kymberly Alvaraz|| Kenneth "Baby Kenny" Daniel Alvaraz
( March 28, 2015–July 17, 2018 (aged 3))
| Stephani Alvaraz
(February 10, 1993 )
|On December 3, 2015, Ava Zinn filed to legally adopt Kymberly's four daughters from Kymberly's previous marriages to Dan Alvaraz. The adoption was finalized on January 4, 2016.|
|Haley Alvaraz |
(December 1, 1995 )
|Benita Alvaraz |
(September 20, 1997 )
|Denise (born David)|
(January 11, 1999 )
|March 1, 2020–May 4, 2020||Marti McDaniel||Relationship lasted two months.|
|September 23, 2022–present||Breeanna Sorensen||Sierra Alexandra Sorensen
(August 9, 2023 )
|On September 23, 2022, Zinn quietly began a relationship with her former Vote for the Girls colleague Breeanna Sorensen. This became the first relationship in which Zinn is the senior partner.|
Ava became a grandfather on June 4, 2018 as Alisan Brynn was born to Tiffani and her wife, Jenna Atkins. Alisan's birth saw Zinn, along with Lindsey McClure and Nicole King from the Mississinewa High School Class of 2001 to become grandparents at age 35.
Virginity Auction and Relationship with Kymberly Alvaraz, incidents,allegations, and break-up
On November 20, 2014, Dan Alvaraz filed for an at-fault divorce in Noblesville, Indiana, citing adultery by his wife, Kym Christian and naming Zinn and fellow transwoman Kristina Chow as co-respondents. News of the divorce filing became public during Kym Christian's trial of, when it was first widely reported that Kym Christian and Zinn were involved in a lesbian relationship prior to Kym Christian fatally shooting Khayla Chow.
Zinn announced on November 28, 2014, that she is involved in a relationship with Vote for the Girls USA moderator Kym Christian effective January 4, 2015. This confirmed speculation that Kym Christian's infidelity and her 20 year marriage to Dan Alvaraz came to an end. As a result, Christian (at age 47 and 15 years Zinn's senior) becomes the eldest significant other of Zinn (surpassing Angela Willis) and had four new step children, Christian's daughters Stephani, Haley, Benita, and Denise.
On December 19, 2014 news of the relationship became public, in a Twitter post by Kymberly Alvaraz that she and Zinn were expecting a baby. The child will be Zinn's sixth, but the fifth for Alvaraz, who has four daughters with Dan Alvaraz. Zinn subsequently confirmed that Alvaraz is pregnant and Zinn, as a woman, is the biological father of Zinn's child and on March 28, 2015 Alvaraz gave birth to a boy named Kenneth "Baby Kenny". Kenneth died on July 17, 2018.
Relationships since 2018
On May 31, 2017, Ava Zinn announced she ended her relationship with Alvaraz on July 4, 2017. Zinn cited Alvaraz's domestic violence incident and her recent confessions as the prime reason for the relationship ending in legal action. A successor was named on February 14, 2018 as Elisa Everman began a relationship with Zinn after an 18 year hiatus. The relationship ended in July 2018 after Everman was arrested for bank robbery in Muncie, Indiana.
Zinn began a relationship with Marti McDaniel in March 2020 but the relationship ended after two months.
On September 23, 2022, Zinn quietly began a relationship with Breeanna Sorensen. Sorensen, who is 15 months Zinn's junior, became the seventh signifcant other and became the youngest woman Zinn was ever with--a record that was set by Amanda Davidson. Two months later, on November 21, 2022 news of the relationship became public, in a YouTube post by Zinn that she and Sorensen were expecting a baby. The child will be Sorensen's first, but the seventh for Zinn, who has two children with Amanda Davidson (Samantha and Thomas, both deceased), two children with Elisa Everman (Tiffani and Sheryl, both deceased), one child with Angie Nieves (Tabitha, deceased), and one child with Kymberly Alvaraz (Kenneth, deceased).
Health and personal incidents
Zinn has suffered some minor physical plus major mental and psychological health problems as well as other incidents. Around 1994, she had suffered from child abuse that went unreported. Greater health and personal problems began in 1995 after she was falsely accused of theft. After a visit to her doctor in Hartford City, Indiana, she was sent to see a neurologist and a psychologist in 1986, the latter of whom told Zinn's mother she had Autism (the autism diagnosis has since been improved to Asperger's a year prior to her gender transition in 2003). Greater mental and psychological health problems began in 1991 after Zinn lost a jump rope contest and beat up some girl that resulted in her expulsion from J.C. Knight Elementary School in 1991. After an 18 month stint to a group home/psychiatric institution in New Albany ending on December 25, 1992; she recovered and went back to school.
Zinn has had several back injuries dating back to her sophomore year of high school beginning in 1999. In 2009, Zinn suffered an on-the-back injury after lifting a 50 pound bag of bird seed. Four more occurred in March 2017, January 2018, October 2021, and November 2022. The latter two injuies required the use of a cane.
On August 20, 2020, Zinn escaped major injury after being run off the road while behind the wheel of her bicycle while biking from Waynedale on Decatur Road. The bike went off an embankment, and came to rest against a sidewalk in a ditch. Zinn was not cited for the accident and began attending IvyTech Fort Wayne five days later.
In August 2022, Zinn revealed that during the summer she has had 15 near-heart attacks after June 2022. As of August 2022, Zinn does smoke almost two packs of cigarettes per day, and she could be even seen smoking on some episodes of Vote for the Girls and Caprice & Ella. Though Zinn states she smoked two and a half packs of cigarettes on January 19, 2018 and three packs of cigarettes a day for two days in July 2022.
2014 Vegetarian Wager
After losing a friendly wager on who would make the finals of American Idol's 13th season, Zinn went on a vegetarian diet (or meat boycott) from March 1, 2014 until December 17, 2014 following the conclusion of the thirteenth season of Hell's Kitchen as La Tasha McCutchen was announced the winner, effectively ending the meat strike 17 days early. Zinn states the final meat product she consumed was a pork steak on February 28, 2014. The vegetarian diet became permanent on January 4, 2015.
March 2015 Arrest
On March 12, 2015 while rehearsing for a Vote for the Girls episode, just three hours before the start of the American Idol 14 Top 12 Result, while in negotiation to find a way to keep Vote for the Girls in production during a remodel of the Vote for the Girls set resulting in Zinn (and Alvaraz in addition to the VFTG staff) being displaced, and was not willing to have production interrupted, defending her moderator's contract. Zinn, irate, stressed that under the terms of Zinn's contract--as per Vote for the Girls moderator rules--have be promptly present on the performance (and/or results) night from 8 p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. Central) to its conclusion and record the site's presentation of the results show(s) night both at the home location of Aeverine Zinn Holdings, and cannot be interrupted, delayed, or joined in progress for any reason. Zinn insisted that she wanted to do a temporary transfer of the networks d, resulting in no interruptions. Upon hearing this, Zinn said “I want this done the way I want to handle this with and ZERO INTERRUPTIONS!”, and during the comment, pounded three times saying, “ZERO INTERRUPTIONS!” and got into the official’s face as the available resolutions Zinn was offered did not meet Zinn’s standards and swearing at the official. Zinn was ejected and was initially given a one-show suspension and a year probation from NoSirGifts.  Zinn served a one episode suspension for Vote for the Girls USA and UK from March 12-23 and March 21, respectively.
Then upon seeing her pick of Sarina-Joi Crowe was not saved, Zinn was shown allegedly hitting VFTG moderator Rhonda Rhodes under the chin to get her to make eye contact. Although Zinn didn't comment on the incident afterwards and has not yet done so, Rhodes, her wife (Tricia), and NoSirGifts President and CEO Jack Steele insisted that Zinn did nothing wrong and that she merely lifted Rhodes' chin and told her, "Hold your head up and don't worry about mistakes. Just vote for our picks." Rhodes commented, "She was trying to teach me and I had my head down so she raised my chin up. She was telling me to go out there and don't be afraid to make mistakes. She said I was being too hard on myself after Shi Scott and Lovey James were eliminated." Rhodes later died on March 14, 2015.
2010 and 2015 Sexual Assaults
On June 10, 2010, Zinn was admitted to Methodist Hospital after being sexually assaulted by a black man in Indianapolis. She was released on June 11, 2010. Zinn returned to the production of Vote for the Girls as scheduled the following July.
Zinn suffered a second sexual assault on the afternoon of April 22, 2015 by a black woman that had unprotected sexual intercourse without Zinn's consent. However, she returned to the Vote for the Girls set the same night filming of the American Idol Top 6 Result, and the moderator panel questioned Zinn's mental state at the time.
In May 2017, Zinn announced on her YouTube channel she had been sexually assaulted fifteen years earlier.
September 2016 Burger King Incident
On September 2, 2016, a clip of Zinn delivering news about an accident she witnessed while walking on the north west side of Marion, Indiana thirty minutes earlier on her personal Facebook profile. In the video, a Burger King customer honked directly at Zinn, to which she later admitted to almost swearing yet posted #ThugLife on her YouTube channel. The incident received praise from viewers and fans, who praised Zinn's unexpected and deadpan delivery.
2016-17 Mental State Concern, Ulcers and Domestic Violence incident
From November 2014 until May 2018, viewers in the United States and United Kingdom began noticing that Zinn's voice sounded uncharacteristically gravelly and unhealthy during Vote for the Girls shows.
Zinn's poor mental health also prevented her from completely covering the death and funeral of Christina Grimmie and a previously scheduled episode that was scheduled to be aired at the start of 2017. On May 31, 2017, Zinn informed viewers through a Facebook Live message that she had been bullied and cyber-bullied and became a bully herself with post traumatic stress disorder, and was starting treatment the following week.
During an interview with Karly Jameson on The Karly Jameson Show on January 4, 2017, Kymberly Alvaraz and Holly Everman revealed to Jameson that Zinn had hosted Vote for the Girls while she was visibly depressed for the last two years. Sophia Williams also expressed her concern as she felt "Zinn didn't properly announce the winning moderator upon Laurie's victory and the episodes had been recently shoddy at best" but Williams did indicate Zinn did properly congratulate her and her then-girlfriend (now transgendered wife) as the winning moderator of the 11th season of The Voice. Everman recalled during rehearsals for "The Voice 11 Semi-Final Result", Zinn wore a winter hat and wore the same exact outfit when DaNica Shirey was eliminated approximately two years earlier after Zinn's girlfriend was acquitted for fatally shooting Khayla Chow and never saw Zinn wear a skirt or dress in public from her April 22, 2015 sexual assault until a week after Zinn began vaping in March 2017.
In a Facebook post by Alvaraz on January 18, 2017 and by Zinn a day earlier, it was revealed that Zinn was diagnosed with a stomach ulcer and was starting treatment the following Monday.  Zinn stated the ulcer was attained she was involved in a "classic case of workplace violence" after Zinn learned something was done without her knowledge or consent.
On January 19, 2017, Zinn was involved in a domestic violence incident with Alvaraz after Alvaraz chocked Zinn over a $650 dental bill. Zinn arrested Alvaraz at Zinn's apartment in Marion, Indiana after Zinn gouged Alvaraz's eye. Alvaraz was escorted by Zinn's 18-year-old adopted daughter, Ashli, to the Marion Police headquarters at approximately 3:30 p.m. Thursday, January 19, 2017, and Alvaraz was charged with second-degree strangulation, second-degree battery, second-degree threatening and disorderly conduct for allegedly choking her girlfriend, Ava Zinn. On January 20, 2017, Alvaraz pleaded no contest to threatening and breach of peace charges.
October 2017 Incidents
On October 2, 2017, Zinn suffered a bite wound on her left wrist by Pink Team East and fellow I-69er moderator Maribel Mort upon seeing local contestant Addison Agen (Zinn picked Agen due to strict moderator rules) did not get a four chair turn during the blind auditions of season 13 of The Voice on October 2, 2017, Mort shoved Pink Team North moderator Andrea Coolranch onto the floor after Coolranch reportedly pulling Mort's hair-tie and repeatedly throughout the episode, Pink Team South moderators Karla Hansen, Breeanna Sorensen and Jenna Monroe, and Zinn's fellow Purple Team moderators Thia Tola and Jenny Riva all lost their tempers as Mort pulled off Coolranch's necklace and Riva ripping off Tola's pants. Riva and Mort respectively then threw Tola's pants and Coolranch's necklace onto the notorious Cat Pound fan section of Ava Zinn and Alexandra Moffitt audience and were promptly thrown to the ground by Sorensnen. Riva and Mort then proceeded to strike Tola and Hansen, respectively, on the back of their heads before being pulled away by Purple Team North Moderators Rachael Passalt and Kendra Ray.
On October 10, 2017, Zinn suffered a minor shulder injury after Red Team West Villain Kye Sanchez punched Red Team South Villain Clark Jones after Jones took offense to a comment made by Zinn's fellow Purple Team moderator Devin Martin as the audition of a villain's audition on The Voice and an argument between Martin, Bria Savage, Purple Team South Moderators Tim Doogan and Ben Donbar. Zinn fell to the floor in the incident.
A week later, on October 16, 2017, Zinn was stabbed by Pink Team West moderator Sally Brock during a bench-clearing brawl on the set of Vote for the Girls USA. Brock was tackled by security officers, identified as Hank Cash and George Williamston, on the set and was arrested. Fellow moderators Nadia Lorenzo, Marla McClinton, and Andrea Coolranch also suffered injuries with Zinn suffering stab wounds to the neck and forearms (narrowly missing Zinn's respective cervical (neck) and brachial arteries by millimeters). Zinn's fellow Purple Team colleagues Peta-Alyce Kaizer and Ben Donbar died from similar wounds Zinn suffered from as Kaizer and Donbar had extensive blood loss through a severed brachial arteries .
Brock and her brother Kent Morgan were arrested by security guards on the VFTG set. Police said both Brock and Morgan had confessed.
Morgan and Brock were both charged with two counts of felony first-degree murder and four counts of aggravated assault. If convicted, both Brock and Morgan, they could be sentenced to life imprisonment.
2022 Overall health scare
Zinn's poor overall health also prevented her from completing production of "Breaking Boiling Point", which was eventually completed on November 3, 2022.
On November 1, 2022, Zinn sustained a major back injury and ankle sprain following the aforementioned move in "Breaking Boilling Point." The back spasam was confirmed on December 12, 2022 and ankle sprain is yet to be determined.
In July 2017, KBYF anchorwoman Fiona Johnson along with Elisa Everman and Sabrina Everman filed a lawsuit against Zinn with Kymberly Alvaraz, WTOR-FTV, and NoSirGifts Fantasy Television Stations alleging wrongful death following Carlygate II with Holly's suicide and Perri's heart attack, and later received out-of-court financial settlements. A month later, it was revealed Alvaraz personally made a deal with Elisa, Sabrina, and Perri to pay $250,000 to drop the lawsuit as a settlement, and Zinn decided to end the three year relationship with Alvaraz (also settling for $150,000 Alvaraz paid Zinn three years earlier, with Zinn effectively refunding Alvaraz) as an out-of-court settlement.
In October 2017, VFTG villain Clark Jones left Vote for the Girls and immediately filed suit against Zinn for wrongful termination and malicious persecution claiming Zinn had launched a media attack against him, allegedly stating that he was disruptive to the working atmosphere of the show.
On August 11, 2022, Ava Zinn decided to take legal action against Black Pine Flats for effectively violating the Fair Housing Act.
LGBT, Education and Vaping rights
Zinn became a vegetarian on March 1, 2014. That same year, she began promoting vaping and LGBT rights in Indiana. On NoSirGifts' On-Air Biography Story program, she credited her first girlfriend, Amanda Davidson, with causing Zinn to become more aware of LGBT rights and becoming a transgendered woman, because Davidson had came out as a bisexual. Ava remarked that Amanda was way ahead of her time as far as LGBT rights were concerned and ten years before Amanda's death Ava began her own gender transition.
Zinn is a devoted fan of women's sports, the Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears, Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever as well Notre Dame Fighting Irish and her alma matter's Missisinewa High School. Zinn has shown her support for the Colts by occasionally wearing a "Believe in Blue" sweatshirt and a Super Bowl XLI shirt, often on Vote for the Girls UK.
Zinn's eventual gender transition to female eventually provided a major windfall five years before the transition, to which Zinn picked up the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament, which has traditionally ranked among the highest-rated fan-base during tournament season due to 's traditional status as a college basketball hotbed and local Notre Dame being longtime fixtures in the tournament, NCAA Tournament games had long been among the highest-rated programs in the market during tournament season. This ended when Zinn dropped Bright House in 2008, which now (through ESPN) holds the exclusive television rights to the NCAA Tournament.
As the girlfriend of Kymberly Alvaraz from 2014 to 2017, Zinn occasionally supported the Denver Broncos (due the popularity of now retired quarterback Peyton Manning in both Denver and Indianapolis, Ava Zinn generally watched Colts, Broncos, and/or Bears games when Vote for the Girls UK is not in production) and the NBA's Denver Nuggets, though neither have been able to attend or even watch NBA games since most Pacers and Nuggets games have since moved to cable. Coincidentally, both the Pacers and Nuggets were two of the four ABA teams that joined the NBA in the ABA-NBA merger in 1976. For the 1976–77 season. Although Indianapolis and Denver both have NFL and NBA teams, Indianapolis does have the Indiana Fever of the WNBA yet does not have an MLB nor a NHL team while Denver has the NHL's Colorado Avalanche and MLB's Colorado Rockies (both supported by Kymberly), but Denver doesn't have a WNBA franchise. At one time, Zinn has stated after her American Idol audition in Pittsburgh, "I have a future in Pittsburgh... as a Pirtates fan" since the Pirates are the Triple-A affiliate of the Indianapolis Indians. Zinn's first and only NHL game was the Avalanches' loss against the Detroit Red Wings on February 27, 2016.
With Breeanna Sorensen, Zinn occasionally supports Sorensen's Carolina Panthers and her alma matter's North Carolina Tar Heels as like Indiana, North Carolina's status as a college basketball hotbed and Sorensen's North Carolina and Duke Blue Devils being mainstays in the NCAA Men's basketball tournament and to an extent Women's basketbal, in addition to Zinn's Notre Dame (it is interesting to note that Zinn's Vote for the Girls Purple Team Noth teammates attended Big Ten schools as Kendra Ray, Rachael Passalt, and Donna Doogan respectively attended Iowa, Minnesota and Ohio State Universities). Zinn's first Carolina Panthers game was the loss against the Arizona Cardinals on October 9, 2022.
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- "Ava Zinn gets sensitive on 'Vote for the Girls: Junior Edition'".
- Zinn, Ava (August 19, 2009). "Sheena Jay Hired to review 2001 Mississinewa 500 Preparedness and Response/". AvaZinn.com. http://avazinn.com/2009/08/19/sheena-jay-private-detective-agencies-associates-hired-to-review-2001-mississinewa-500-prepardness-and-response/.
- Zinn, Ava (April 28, 2012). "Mississinewa 500 Cold Case Resolved and Closed after 12 years". AvaZinn.com. http://avazinn.com/2012/04/28/mississinewa-500-cold-case-resolved-and-closed-after-12-years. Retrieved 2012-04-28. "According to Sheena Jay, yours truly [Ava Zinn], Marshall Davidson, and Veronica Schmerber, the latter of which actually spent more time than the sophomore at the Mississinewa 500, has received scrutiny for their roles in the incident. Sheena Jay Private Detective Agencies Associates examined yours truly's actions on the evening of April 28, 2001. In their report, Sheena Jay Private Detective Agencies Associates stated Davidson attempted to convince yours truly to postpone the date with sophomore student several times, though he stated that Ms. Zinn and the 18-year old sophomore (not Zinn's fiancee) were in a relationship, while Schmerber tried to convince yours truly to allow her to take over prom date duties in case sophomore student did not show up. However, yours truly did not feel it was necessary."
- "Indiana Wesleyan University dismissal 10 Years later". AvaZinn.com. 2011-09-27. http://avazinn.com/2011/09/27/iwu-dismissal-ten-years-later/. Retrieved 2014-10-25. "There were many services that should have been available for yours truly, such as a commuter’s lounge at IWU (that was not available), and the suggestion of a food pantry. It was around 9:00 a.m. There was a tons of construction at the IWU Student Center which lacked a Commuter’s Lounge. Also hampering were family budget trouble (at least with yours truly and Angie), which did not help matters at all."
- "IWU Cold Case Cracked after 906 Weeks". AvaZinn.com. February 7, 2019. http://avazinn.com/2019/02/07/iwu-dis-enrollment-cold-case-cracked-after-17-years-following-ava-zinn-investigation/. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
- Ava Zinn - Epic Tirade after Sarina-Joi's Elimination. YouTube.
- "Ava Zinn In A relationship?".
- Ava Zinn (November 29, 2014). Kymberly Alvaraz to become significant other of Ava Znn effective January 4, 2015. Retrieved on November 29, 2014.
- Ava Zinn thrown out after arrest (12 March 2015). Retrieved on 12 March 2015.
- "‘Vote for the Girls’ webmaster Ava Zinn hospitalized with rape". WTOR-FTV CBS 41. 25 April 2015.
- "‘Vote for the Girls’ webmaster Ava Zinn sidelined by stomach ulcer". WTOR-FTV CBS 41. 18 January 2017.
- "Kymberly Alvaraz arrested for domestic battery". WTOR-FTV CBS 41. 21 January 2017.
|All-time Vote for the Girls winning moderator leader
December 18, 2012-present
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|Host of Vote for the Girls (United States)
April 28, 2010 – May 23, 2021
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|Host of Vote for the Girls (United Kingdom)
June 1, 2013 – December 19, 2015
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|Host of Vote for the Girls (Australia)
July 15, 2015 – November 24, 2015
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