Justin Ayars, JD

Justin Ayars

Justin Ayars

Stories about diversity, equality and inclusion bring communities together, ignite the imagination and drive the engine of our economy. more

Mar 27, 2017 10:00 AM Features

Marriage equality is truly a beautiful thing. It has opened the doors to an institution that for generations has been denied to the LGBTQ community. more

Mar 1, 2016 12:00 AM Wedding

To understand this festival of candy and cupids, we must have a firm grasp as to how debaucherous pagan rituals, Christian lore and capitalism came to create the holiday as we know it today. more

Feb 10, 2016 12:00 AM Engage

By incorporating traditional, small-town values with the demands of the modern business world, Rusty has built an enterprise that has one foot in the past, one foot in the present and a watchful eye towards the future. more

Feb 8, 2016 12:00 AM Inform

How long does it take to create the perfect sauce that goes with absolutely everything? According to one Virginia Chef, Sydney Meers (Syd), it only takes 40 years. more

Feb 4, 2016 12:00 AM Connect

“A Christian University Like No Other.” I began to wonder how EMU came to be such an inclusive Christian University in a fairly rural part of western Virginia. more

Jan 19, 2016 12:00 AM Inform

Letter from Unite Virginia's Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, Justin Ayars, JD. more

Jan 15, 2016 12:00 AM Inform

Attendees at Loudoun County's 1st annual Small Business Conference will learn practical information, enjoy unique keynotes & enjoy great networking. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of how to be intentional in running their business. more

May 11, 2017 3:30 PM Inform

Gavin and Justin Cover


For years, Gavin Grimm--a young trans man from Gloucester County, VA--has fought for the right to use the public restroom of his choice at school. He is now a national figure for trans rights. Q Virginia interviewed Gavin and his mother, Deirdre. more

Apr 20, 2017 3:00 PM Inform

Justin Ayars

Justin Ayars

Stories about diversity, equality and inclusion bring communities together, ignite the imagination and drive the engine of our economy. more

Mar 27, 2017 10:00 AM Features



This past Veterans Day, AGLA celebrated its 35th anniversary at its annual Equality Awards Dinner. As the event's official media sponsor, Unite Virginia got exclusive interviews with the award recipients and honored guests, including Gavin Grimm. more

Nov 22, 2016 12:30 PM , Connect

Cocktail Snowflake

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Baby, it’s cold outside! When you're drunk, you feel nice and warm. However, it's best to leave your "beer jacket" at home and put on a real coat when you step into the tundra after a holiday party. It just might save your life. more

Nov 19, 2016 3:47 PM Inform

The Magician

Artist: John Detrich

Jim Sisley & Lisa Strout run Tryst Gallery in Leesburg. Tryst Gallery has the potential to become a unique community hub where art, commerce and education intersect in a way that will benefit artists, art lovers and the local economy. more

Nov 16, 2016 5:45 PM , Inform

Christmas Tree Balls

Thomas Rousing Photography

Our Publisher & Editor-in-Chief wishes everyone a safe, festive and happy holiday season. more

Nov 9, 2016 1:35 PM Inform

Jack Berry

Photo via Richmond Magazine

Jack Berry’s childhood was spent in the small, conservative town of Lynchburg, Virginia. After moving to Richmond, Jack spent years working towards bringing about positive change in the capital. more

Nov 4, 2016 11:36 AM , Inform

Casting a Ballot

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In this opening letter from Justin Ayars, JD, he discusses the importance of voting and the need to make sure that your vote is a truly educated one. And don't forget... Virginia is a BIG swing state in this election, so every vote counts! more

Sep 16, 2016 2:05 PM Home

The international organization responsible for maintaining the Internet’s global domain system denies dotgay LLC’s community application proposal to operate the .GAY top-level domain (TLD). more

Jun 22, 2016 12:00 AM Inform

Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, Justin Ayars, JD, wishes everyone in VA & DC a happy Pride season! more

Jun 1, 2016 8:25 PM Inform

Lisa Vanderpump

Lisa Vanderpump

Unite Virginia recently had the EXCLUSIVE opportunity to interview Vanderpump and ask her all about celebrity, media and, of course, pride. more

May 31, 2016 8:00 AM Engage

Woodrow Wilson


Princeton University will not change the name of its school of public and international affairs and its undergraduate residential college named after President Woodrow Wilson, who is known for helping keep racial segregation alive. more

May 6, 2016 9:15 AM Blog

As the week winds down, things are heating up in the capital of the Commonwealth. Not only is the weather getting warmer, but the city is gearing up for what is sure to be a gay old time this weekend with VA's first statewide LGBTQ wedding show! more

Apr 14, 2016 11:45 PM Blog

Jay Timmons was recently named the 2016 Association Executive of the Year by AssociationTRENDS. His acceptance speech discusses how the intersection of love, diversity and free market economics can help associations and the American experiment. more

Mar 29, 2016 12:00 AM Inform

How a simple question posed by Equality Virginia to Tysinger Auto Group resulted in a monumental victory in the battle for workplace equality across Virginia. more

Mar 25, 2016 12:00 AM Inform

On February, 28th Freddie's Beach Bar hosted its first gay wedding! Jay Seligman and Jeff Davie tied the knot at their favorite LGBTQ establishment in front of friends, family and the community. Unite Virginia had a front row seat to the celebration! more

Mar 16, 2016 12:25 PM Wedding

Tony London & Tim Bostic

Tony London & Tim Bostic

My name is Tim Bostic, and I along with my husband Tony London were plaintiffs in the Virginia marriage equality case. Our fight for marriage equality started for a very simply reason. We love each other and wanted to get married like everyone else. more

Mar 12, 2016 9:10 AM Wedding

Emily Townley Speaking at Richmond Courthouse

Carol Schall and Mary Townley

In her college application essay, Emily Townley recounts how her family’s battle for marriage equality in Virginia shaped her character, gave her strength and helped her find her true voice. more

Mar 10, 2016 3:25 PM Wedding

There are many fun (and strange) wedding traditions. While you might not use all of the customs we've outlined at your wedding, it’s fun to see how these time-honored traditions came to be. more

Mar 10, 2016 10:15 AM Wedding

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