Vote for the Girls founder and webmaster Ava Zinn knew at an early age that she wanted to be in the news business and entertainment industry. Ava’s a Van Buren, Indiana, native and graduated from Mississinewa High School in Gas City, IN. She worked at two fantasy television stations in Marion/Fort Wayne as a reporter/anchor/producer at WFAZ-FTV (now WMRI-FTV) in Fort Wayne where she spent nine years. Ava then went to WXXC-FDT “INNCD 47” where she and Rachel Dean, Sr. launched the first internet TV station. She spent 12 years at INNCD 47 before leaving the fantasy TV news industry in 2011. Ava Zinn currently hosts Vote for the Girls USA and serves as the executive producer since its April 28, 2010 debut. Most people know Ava as one of Indiana’s strongest transwomen, the transwoman whose groundbreaking accomplishments has helped take change Indiana laws to include trans-men and trans-women, making Marion, Indiana and Grant County a more transgender friendly community, as well as the groundbreaking innovator as former President and CEO of NoSirGitfs Venues, whose small business and launched INNewsCenter and WXXC-FCA “INNCD 47” at Mississinewa High School as a Computer Technology project assignment in November 1999. But gifts and media are not the career she envisioned for herself. December 1, 2004 will go down in history as the day that changed how Indiana protects the LGBT community from discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity. The date wasn’t chosen randomly. It was exactly the day that Ava Zinn officially began the transition from male to female. Prior to the transition, Ava was one of the top male Special Education Students in Indiana. Since the big transition, Ava has maintained her prominence in the community of Marion, Indiana. Born a boy in LaGrange, Illinois and educated in the Mississinewa Community Schools from 1986 to 2002, Ava moved to Indiana in November 1983 with her mother, Margaret (1943-2002), and brother, Albert (1977-2002), and were living the American Dream. After graduating from Mississinewa High School, Ava was studying to become a special education teacher. But after a prom date being a no show and dis-enrolled from Indiana Wesleyan University in September 2001, everything changed. April 18, 2011 will go down in history as Ava Zinn announced on her YouTube channel that she would audition the 11th season of American Idol. The date was not chosen at random. It was the 15th anniversary of the day she broke a window at school. Sadly, Ava did not get to meet the judges yet met eventual finalist Erika van Pelt. Ava Zinn came out as a transgendered woman in November 2003, but did not completely to all until July 29, 2011.Over the years, Ava has volunteered and/or supported numerous organizations, including the Boy Scouts and United Way of Grant County. She and her girlfriend, Kymberly Alvaraz, reside in Marion, Indiana. Ava and Kymberly have a son: Kenneth. Ava is the father of four daughters; Samantha, Ashli, Tiffani, and Tabitha–and is the stepfather of Kymberly’s daughters: Stephani, Hayley, Benita, and Denise.