When we talk about veganism, what we’re really talking about is veganism as an ethical system, the basis of which is “do the least harm possible.” I think we’d all agree on this point, but then somewhere after that, the translation of this gets lost.
To me, the word “vegan” is already inclusive of most the groups people throw out when they’re trying to derail veganism.
If you live in a food dessert but do what is possible to avoid animal products, then you are doing the least harm possible and you are vegan.
If you are unable to afford foods completely devoid of animal products but do what is possible to avoid animal products, you are doing the least harm possible and you are vegan.
If you are unable to afford to replace all of your non-vegan items, unable to afford to buy new vegan clothing and must purchase non-vegan items from a thrift shop or some other shop, you are doing the least harm possible and you are vegan.
I just want to make this really clear — you can be vegan in a food dessert, you can be vegan if you are poor, anyone can be vegan. It’s an ethical system, not a legal system.
When people talk about “cheating” vegans, what they’re talking about are people who eat a plant based diet who consciously choose to consume or purchase an animal product based on taste preferences, not people who are trying their best to do the least harm.