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

Somehow, the fruitcake became exclusively associated with the Christmas season. When and how did this happen? Your guess is as good as mine. more

Nov 28, 2017 3:24 PM Engage

How did Thanksgiving come about? When did it become an official holiday? How have the traditions surrounding this holiday evolved? And why does the President "pardon" a turkey every year? more

Nov 10, 2017 2:39 PM Engage

Aliyah in Her Studio

Aliyah Dastour

What’s in a number? To Aliyah Dastour, owner of Alimond Studio in Leesburg, a number can capture the essence of an entire community. more

Aug 28, 2017 11:30 AM Inform

Justin Ayars

Justin Ayars

Welcome to Q Virginia magazine’s first Travel Book! In this special issue, we’ve put together a collection of fabulous LGBTQ-friendly places to visit across the Commonwealth, the nation and the world. more

Aug 26, 2017 11:20 AM Inform

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NOVA Pride

For generations, prom has been the quintessential rite of passage for high school students across America. However, "a lot of LGBTQ+ students are sort of deterred by the idea of a traditional prom setting..." Blair Smith explained. more

Aug 18, 2017 2:11 PM Connect

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Justin Ayars

I had arrived at Craig Springs a total outsider and was leaving feeling like part of family—a family that was created within an unexpected oasis of inclusion in southwestern Virginia: Diversity Camp. more

Aug 7, 2017 2:30 PM Blog

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

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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

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

Nov 9, 2016 1:35 PM Inform

Jack Berry

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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

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