@holleyhick that’s awesome you’ve gone vegan! It can definitely be frustrating and upsetting when people criticize you for becoming vegan, but don’t be discouraged as you are a strong person for following and standing proud for your beliefs, something that a lot of people are scared to do.
People are very judgmental when they discover you’re vegan/vegetarian. It definitely gets easier the longer you stick with it. I definitely understand what you’re going through though, my sister used to call me a “rabbit” every time we would have family dinners. People will begin to accept your lifestyle. Good luck!