Author(s): Sean O'Callaghan
Fat Gay Vegan is exactly what he says in the name - he's fat, he's gay and he's vegan. But for a word that's grown so popular, what does being vegan actually mean? The vegan community has grown hugely in the last decade, but is surrounded by questions of ethics, of community, of celebrity food fads and spurious health claims. For the last seven years, Fat Gay Vegan has been a voice that cuts through the fuss and the fads, and calling bullshit wherever he finds it. Now, he brings together his story and those of others in the vegan community to answer to the questions both vegans and non-vegans alike might have: Why should I be vegan in the first place? Does not being vegan mean I'm a bad person? What should my friends and family do... and are they bad people? Do I need to be a gym bunny to be worthy of veganism? (answer: no) Can I still eat junk food if I'm vegan? (answer: definitely yes!) In Sean's own words: When a wave of realisation swamps you and you come to learn how incredibly simple and sensible choosing veganism is, you'll have me sitting up there in your head like a friendly, fat uncle whispering, "I knew you could do it." The day will arrive when you proclaim, "Hey, if that fat gay guy can do it, so can I!" Packed with personal stories and non-preachy advice, this is a compassionate, no-nonsense guide to veganism from one of the community's biggest celebrities.
Sean O'Callaghan is the freelance journalist and events organizer behind Fat Gay Vegan. He is based in the UK and Mexico, and has been the face of the award-winning Fat Gay Vegan blog since 2010. He has built up a huge following blogging about vegan dining across the UK and beyond from an ethical, not a "health trend" standpoint. He promotes vegan food pop-ups, cafes, restaurants and ventures across the UK, has written for the LA Times (2016) and has a regular column in Vegan Life magazine.