personally, i hate identifying myself as a vegan, it has a little bit of a stigma, alot of people i know, don't know about my diet, i usually say something like i don't eat meat, or i don't eat animal products, i'm not ashamed of it, i just don't like to start moral debates as i usually have a smug attitude about it, and it doesn't end well
anyway, should vegan mean more than just diet?
well, i don't think so, i think if you don't eat animal products, you're a vegan, as far as leather, honey and stuff, well i'm sure alot of people are on a vegan diet for their health, i wouldn't stop them from calling themselves vegans because they wear shoes.
also @ knomad56, that's kinda circular logic, a cow will die at some point so why not use them?
they are bred to die, bred to use the whole thing, so more are killed...