About Us

Our mission is simple: Unite Virginia promotes equality through storytelling. We provide the LGBTQ community and its allies a unified voice in Virginia’s evolving cultural, economic and social narrative.

Unite Virginia promotes equality through storytelling.

We invite you to join the conversation! If you have any great article ideas, would like to submit a story of your own or would like to join the Unite Virginia Team, just drop us a line at info@unitevamag.com. Make your voice heard! 

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The Team

Unite Virginia's Team has extensive business, journalism and public relations experience. Our vast network of contributors, editors and professionals represents commercial, community and public interests across Virginia and the nation. Unite Virginia's staff and associates include

Publisher & Editor-in-Chief
Justin Ayars, JD

Managing Editor & Creative Director
Jesse LaVancher

Art Director
Christopher Murphy

Web Designer
Michael Romano

Advertising Manager
Kimberly Nikole Welsh

Business Consultants
Doug Carleton | Carl Knoblock | Bob Witeck

National Sales Representative
Rivendell Media

Student Fellows
Yasir Afzal | Ariell Branson | Kevin G. Costanzo | Max Manchester

Christian Meade | Charlie Williamson

International Student Fellow
Kenny Schmidt

Publishing Office

The Brookwood

1342 Flynn Road
Richmond, VA 23225


Twitter: @uniteVAmag
Instagram: @unitevamag


Unite Virginia is published by Unite Virginia, LLC.
All rights reserved.

Unite Virginia, LLC is an apolitical organization and family-friendly. Our content is designed to encourage community, cultural and economic conversations that connect communities and promote equality across Virginia, DC and beyond. 


Yasir Afzal

Russell P. Allen

Justin Ayars, JD

The Honorable Betsy B. Carr

Member, Virginia House of Delegates

Ariell Branson

Stephanie Brill

Sara Carr

Elaine Colliver

Wirt Confroy

Kevin Costanzo

Brittany Cowan

Tim Crumbly

Tony Dean

Nicole Evelina

Gretchen Gales

Jason M. Gilmore

Rev. Jeffery D. Harris

John Huelskamp

Jennet Inglis

Meridith Jenkins

Tony Jeton

The Honorable Maurice A. Jones

Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade

Lisa Kenney

Leland Kiang

April Kirkwood

Carl B. Knoblock

Jesse LaVancher

Jason Leclerc

Jennee Libby

Maxwell Manchester

Amy-Sarah Marchall, MFA

Austin Martin

Aria Maryn

Benjamin W. Mason

Michael Maszaros

Dan Maxey

The Honorable Terence R. McAuliffe

Governor of Virginia

Victoria McGoogan

Christian Meade

Gabriel Moran

Tony Narducci

Rayceen Pendarvis

Stan Popovich

Sam Rasoul

Virginia Delegate of the 11th District

Brian Reach

Kenneth Reed

Terri Schlichenmeyer

Kenny Schmidt

Candace Schoner

Mari Selby

Blair Smith

George M. Smith III

Katherine Tiambeng

Bob Witeck

Meridith Wolnick

Professor John A. Zinn III

Jonathan C. Zur

The Honorable Adam P. Ebbin

Member, Virginia Senate

Michele Zehr

Tom Hedley

Distribution Partners

Unite Virginia can be picked up for FREE at various events and at our vast, growing network of distribution partners throughout Virginia:

Richmond Area
 Ellwood Thompson'sRichmond Region TourismVCU BrandcenterCapital Ale HouseGatherGreater Richmond ChamberRichmond Triangle Players, Diversity RichmondNacho Mama'sSticky To Go Go, Mongrel RVAL'OPOSSUM, Union Bank & Trust (Carytown), Virginia Tourism Corporation, Barcode, Babes of Carytown,  Godfrey's, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Refuge For Men, Virginia Opera, Richmond CenterStage, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, Virginia Repertory Theatre, Richmond Ballet

Hampton Roads/ Tidewater Region
Visit NorfolkDecorum FurnitureThe Palace Shops & StationHampton Roads PrideStoveVisitVABeach.org - Your Guide to Virginia BeachWyndham Virginia Beach OceanfrontHilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Barry's For Hair, Ferguson Center for the Arts at Christopher Newport University, Tysinger Motor Company, Downtown Hampton, ACCESS AIDS Care/ The LGBT Center of Hampton Roads, Virginia Opera, The Hurrah Players, The Little Theatre of Norfolk, Bowmans Garden Center, Muscarelle Museum of Art of The College of William & Mary, MJ's Tavern

Charlottesville/ Staunton
MarieBette Café and Bakery, Cville Pride, Morgan-Miles Picture Frames & Gallery, Charlottesville Visitor Center, Mill Street GrillMoose's by the Creek

Harrisonburg Tourism and Visitor ServicesThe Artful Dodger Coffeehouse & Cocktail Lounge

Northern VA
Freddie's Beach Bar, Visit LoudounCapital PrideNorthern VA Pride, Bow Tie Strategies, Best Rack Around

Roanoke/ Southwest Virginia
The ParkRoanoke Diversity CenterDowntown Roanoke, Inc.Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, Harvest Moon Food Store (Floyd), Floyd County Visitor Center, The Galax Smokehouse (Galax)

Washington D.C.

VSL Salon, The DC Center for the LGBT Community, JR's Bar & Grill

Digital Details

In addition to this website, the print publication is available on our mobile-friendly, digital app - Issuu. Please click here to explore our print format

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