The Gay Vegans

In deep mourning for my communities

In my human rights activism I have always included all humans. Since I came out in 1990, I have also included all of my LGBTQ siblings in any work I do for equality and liberation.

Before I continue, please know that I am in deep mourning over the massacre in Orlando. I am incredibly sad that 49 of my siblings were slaughtered. As I look within to see why I am more sad about this than other mass killings, like even all of the kids at Sandy Hook, I come back to thinking about all of these people from my community dancing with friends and loved ones in a space that is more than just a club. I haven’t been to Pulse but I have been to many gay bars. Especially in the time when I was just coming out and just feeling comfortable in my own skin. The gay bar, whichever one I was in, was my safety zone. No naval investigators, no bigots, no fear of violence. It was community.

All I want to do with this post is send love and tell all of our allies thank you. The amount of friends and family who have checked in with me blows my mind. I am grateful.

It looks like hate and intolerance is as strong as ever. We all need to speak out against it and love each other. I also need to remember that I can disagree with someone without demonizing them or showing hate or violence towards them.!

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. amey says:

    Such a tender post. I’ve been thinking of you two, and of all the countless LGBTQ people I know who enrich my life in so many ways, and how much I want for all people to feel safe and free of threat. Love & Hugs

  2. Narelle says:

    I too was very saddened to read of yet another massacre in your country. I can only see this being a regular occurrence until your gun laws are changed. It seems that there are some people living in the United States who confuse the right to bear arms with the right to kill. How many more beautiful people like those at Orlando have to die? I particularly felt for those in Orlando who despite this being 2016 are still discriminated against because of their sexuality and thought they were in a safe environment. Sadly I’m sure this won’t be the last massacre I read about in your country.

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