Friday, November 17, 2023

Letter writer objects to Metro's "Transgender Day of Awareness."

by Rod Willliams, Nov. 17, 2023- Below is the text of an email from Rae Keohane, a local active Republican who heads the Nashville Conservatives. Nashville Conservatives is a breakfast group that meets monthly in Donelson and features interesting speakers and political discussion.  In addition to facilitating the breakfast group, Rae studies each Metro Council agenda and distributes her analysis to subscribers.  It is a great way to keep up with what the Council is doing. To be included in Rae's Council agenda analysis distribution list, email her at

Hello Fellow Conservatives

Please see below a letter sent to the Council from one of our members.  This is exactly the kind of respectful and fact-based letters we should be writing and sending to all council members.  We are 179  members strong and we have been SILENT too long, and as Councilmember Eslich pointed out at the last meeting we have to get active and get out to vote for local races. 

I hope to see you all tomorrow morning for some good discussion.



I thought I'd share with you the letter I just sent to the Council (as well as to my councilperson specifically) re the Trans Day of Remembrance.


Here 'tis:

 Dear honorable members of the Council:

I am in profound disagreement with Metro Council’s recognition of “Trans Awareness Day” this coming Monday, November 20.

I am aware that the purpose of this remembrance is to “honor the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in an act of anti-transgender violence.”  So let me state the obvious: any life that is lost as a result of explicit and violent hate against anyone due to their ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or ANY OUTWARD CHARACTERISTIC is beyond abominable.

This includes any and every LGBTQ life that is taken due to violent hate.  But of course, let’s not limit our remembrance to lives actually lost.  Let’s remember all lives affected by violent messages of hate.

Let’s remember the Jewish community, which right now is very much on edge.  I think we all know how antisemitism has spiked in the last month—388% according to this report

Let’s remember the Islamic community which has seen a similar spike since October 7.

Let’s remember the Indian community (a large community in my neighborhood of Bellevue)…the black community…the African community…etc.

No one—regardless of who they are--should be the victim of violence, threat of violence, loss of job, or loss of free speech due to any exterior characteristic. 

And if I may turn the table a bit, this also includes…

Please forgive my cynicism about setting this day aside while ignoring victims of violence and discrimination who happen to oppose transgenderism.  I am one of a growing multitude of citizens is fed up with this.

And by the way, I say this in very sober awareness of Councilperson Hill’s statement about having received hundreds of thousands of hateful comments on Twitter. 

I would definitely be in favor of a Nashville Day of Remembrance of all victims of violent hate crimes related to ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or any other outward category.  

If such a Day exists, please fill me in so I can get behind it.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this!

This is an excellent letter and I agree with its content. As Rae said, this is kind of respectful and fact-based letters conservatives should be writing to the Metro Council. We would not allow woke ideology to hold sway without dissenting voices being raised. 

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