The Gay Vegans

Personal note from Dan at The Gay Vegans

I have been thinking about The Gay Vegans blog, and those who have read it and supported it over the years, a lot lately.

The Gay Vegans blog is over twelve years old. I first began writing when I decided I wanted to share more personal thoughts and ideas than I felt comfortable with on my other blog which was more in line with my professional world. That meant more about animal rights, veganism, and politics.

It’s become so much more. The Gay Vegans has become a community.

In the past several months I have written very few posts. Time has flown by, and I have been considering whether or not to keep The Gay Vegans going.

After a lot of consideration, chatting with Mike and close friends, I decided to not only keep going, but to recommit to writing more often and to engaging with our readers like I used to.


Animals are still being abused and tortured, in fact their situation hasn’t changed much since I started this blog or even since I became vegan 27 years ago. While many people are enraged by violence against animals, most of them still don’t give a second thought to the violence that occurred to create their dinner.

The meat and dairy industries are still spending millions to spread their BS that animals are coddled up to the unfortunate time that they have to be killed.

Aside from writing about animals and veganism, I also write about voting and being politically active. Never has this been more important, especially for those like us who are part of the LGBTQ+ communities. Our country has become less and less safe for LGBTQ+ people, and continues to not be safe for many in brown, black, and immigrant communities.

My goal is to post once a week, and to continue being as responsive as possible to questions, comments, emails, etc.

If you are a long-time supporter, thank you. If you’re a first-time reader, welcome.

At this point you’re probably thinking “how can I help”. Here are some ideas:

Share blog posts you like on your social media platforms.

Subscribe to this blog.

Help me keep the “Helpful websites & blogs” page up to date with awesome resources.


Get politically active.

Go vegan and encourage others to do so.

That’s it for now. On to my next post!


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. Ted Ellquist says:

    Thank you, Dan, for doubling down and continuing your blog. I feel the same way, that in all the years I have not had one person who was inspired to even cut back on one meal of eating dead animal parts. I went to a vegan cafe last evening that is next to an animal parts store (meat market) that had a sign that keeps flashing all the animal parts that they sell there, including things like baby back ribs. People think nothing about what that really means to eat a baby’s back, and the pain, suffering and fear that creates for every animal that goes through getting to that point of slaughter. I have been also thinking about how I can get the message out in a way that people will hear and actually consider to reduce the animal pain and suffering.
    After watching a segment about “moms for liberty” on the nightly news yesterday, and the decisions the supreme court are making which all support groups like them, I realized that we as gay and vegans need to become as organized as these extremist groups that are moving this country in the wrong direction. I am involved with “project animal freedom” in Missouri, and would like to somehow get groups like them connected to become voices at our state houses to affect laws to promote plant based lifestyles. Let me know if you have any ideas about how we can make that happen to expand the impact of our message.

  2. PAM MAYHEW says:

    This vegan (30+ years,) lesbian who lives in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, applauds your decision to continue with your blog. As the years pass, a segment of the Canada population seems to be moving to the right especially with the influence of Christian fundamentalism. It is truly terrifying. So we have much in common, similar battles to be fought. Thank you for sharing your thoughts

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