.: Aeverine Zinn-Nieves :.
Aeverine Zinn-Nieves (born in
Chicago on January 4, 1983 as Frank Zinn) is one of Indiana's popular
transgendered women and was one a top-rated student from 1988 until
2002. She was best known for the ATE Media 2001 Original Documentary
"Senior Memory" and education reporter for the Marion, Indiana fantasy
television station WMRI-FTV. Her best known news reports were the 1993
Tricia Reitler case and 2001 Mississinewa 500 (in which she calls the
Mississinewa High School Prom.)
She created two ATE Media animated
Comedies in 2004 and 2006 called "Amanda and Elisa" and "Queen of The
Willis, "repectively. She co-wrote a controvercial 1998 episode
ofthe ATE Media Soap Opera "Franky and Clarissa Explains It All" with
Zinn-Nieves is also known for her activism against criminals,
particularly those who target transgendered individuals in Indiana. In
the spring of 2002, Zinn-Nieves was assistant manager for NO SIR GIFTS,
a gifts company in Marion, Indiana. She and her mother, Margaret, had
founded NO SIR GIFTS in Van Buren, Indiana in July 1986. On May 10,
2002, Margaret passed away from liver and kidney failure. Three months
later on August 10, Aeverine's brother, Albert, committed suicide while
It wasn't long after both Albert's
and Margaret's death that the Zinn family turned their grief into
action, subsequently, they founded the Margaret Zinn Home Buisiness
Resource Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to the memory of
Margaret Zinn. On November 1, 2003, her transition from male to
female began and launched M2FAvery.Tripod.com.
Today, Zinn-Nieves continues to
testify before Indiana state legislatures on transgender's rights
issues. Her latest efforts include lobbying for an Indiana-statewide
law protecting transgendered Hoosiers.
Zinn has also been the headquarters manager of NO SIR GIFTS of Marion,
Indiana since Marcg 2005. She was selected as headquarters manager
after the previous headquarters manager left for Virginia. By that
time, Zinn-Nieves was already well-known because of the 1986 launch of
NO SIR GIFTS and working her way up the management ladder.
In August 2004, Zinn-Nieves
attempted to boycott deceptive advertising from Desco Floor Finishes
and a 2005 Altoids commercial that degrades transgender rights. That
started the launch of The Indiana State News Center and Discussion.
In Febuary 2006, another big break came when she received word that a
homophobic tenant was being ecvicted and paid five customers over
$3,000 in cash and prizes just for giving her tips that lead to
the homophobic tenant's eviction.