The Gay Vegans

A 26-year vegan

And just like that I have been vegan 26 years.

If you stay vegan and don’t die, you all of a sudden have years of being vegan.

In the simplest of terms, I’m vegan for the animals. Meaning I want to be responsible for the least harm possible to any living being while I’m here. Being 56, I’m also glad to be vegan for health reasons. Then there’s the environment. Many other reasons that make being vegan awesome and impactful, but now I’m digressing.

Veganism is super easy. Not because of amazing options, literally a zillion food choices with delish veggies, or tons of vegan and vegan friendly restaurants. It’s easy because you get to match who you are or want to be as a human with your food choices.

But cheese? And protein? I haven’t had an issue with either. When I started my vegan life, a delish vegan cheese was difficult to find. That’s not the case anymore. And protein, well the more you learn about food, especially veggies, the more you realize that getting enough protein is super easy.

And isn’t it so expensive? It can be, if you purchase lots of processed foods. It doesn’t have to be if you purchase lots of whole foods, legumes, fruit, etc. One of my go to dishes is a green (kale, Swiss chard, collard greens, etc.), rice, and a legume (my favorite is black beans). Add pepper, salt, cayenne pepper. Cost: $3.00. We can definitely create a dinner for less than $10.00. We can also buy a bag of mini vegan corn dogs for $10.00.

I will never eat animal products again. It’s not who I am, or who I want to be. I don’t want to be part of cruelty, torture, fear, nor do I want to financially support people who make money off of these things.

If you’re considering going vegan, or new to being vegan, and want some support, check out out “Helpful websites and blogs” page.

Thank you for reading!

About Dan Hanley

Gay and vegan in the burbs (of Los Angeles). I blog about veganism, equality, compassion, activism, politics, spirituality, and our awesome life experiences. The "s" includes my husband, Mike! I want this blog to be a tool to build bridges among communities and to inspire people to get involved and vote.


  1. Lisa Wilson says:

    Congrats! 26 years of awesomeness!

  2. jillbielawski says:

    Happy anniversary! You make the world a better place!
    I’ve been vegan for 26 years too! Best decision I ever made.

  3. PAM MAYHEW says:

    HAPPY VEGANNIVERSARY!!!! I agree with all your reasons for going vegan – it’s been 30 years for me and another 20 years before that as a vegetarian. Best decision ever made!

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