FAT, GAY, VEGAN.


When I opened my January Vegan Kind box and seen this colourful book with a punchy hiliarious title I knew it was going to be something I would enjoy reading.  As you might have seen plastered all over my social media this January I vouched to go fully fledge Vegan alongside the famous movement #veganuary.  So far so good, with a few minor mistakes along the way I've stuck at it for the entirity of the month, and don't intend on stopping any time soon, or ever really.  This book could not have came at a better time for me.



I would classify Fat Gay Vegan (FGV) as a self help book.  Although I believe anyone is suited to reading it I do especially think those who are new to veganism, curious, consider veganism as a form of 'diet' or those of us who focus mainly on animal welfare and rights and maybe not so much on other social justice issues.  The latter point I can't emphasize enough as it's touched on firmly throughout the book.

I've researched quite a bit into veganism and vegetarianism and love to educate myself on it more, I went into this book thinking I had seen all sides I could possibly have seen already, and I couldn't have been more wrong.  It was presented at a different tilt to anything else I have read or watched and opened my eyes on how I have been quite selfish with the injustices or wrong doing I solely focus my energy on.
 
“There is nothing more powerful, no better advertisement for veganism, than a calm and collected person who is able to explain their stance on protecting animals in a non-confrontational, friendly and accessible way.”

Whilst Sean certainly tells it how it is with a no bullsh*t approach, humour is sprinkled throughout the book and allows you to come up for breath every now and again. Sean makes no apologies for his bold and direct approach particularly on 'reducetarian-ism' (what a lengthy word) but he is also quick to point out that standing up for veganism can be a different thing altogether than shaming those who don't follow the lifestyle which for me was a really important point to take away from this book.

The chapters although few are chunky and jam packed with info, you are rewarded with a 'Recharge and Refuel' recipe at the end of each chapter.  I loved hearing his own story and experiences of veganism from growing up with the 'normalisation' of meat eating, becoming a Vegan, starting Vegan social events across the UK, as well as involving others through out the book to give their own version of veganism. The stories and views of different voices throughout showcases exactly how veganism is not a one size fits all lifestyle.  It can suit a wide variety of people, and should be inclusive to anyone regardless of background, ability or income.  It really kicks the typical white, skinny, clean eating stereotype of vegans in the ass!  

I really recommend picking this book up and giving it a read whether you've been Vegan for a long time or just curious.  Its a firm but kind window into the lifestyle, with a lot of laughs along the way.