Withdraw from headlining the annual summit of the Legatus Group
  • Petitioning Bob Newhart

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Bob Newhart

Withdraw from headlining the annual summit of the Legatus Group

    1. Lorelei Erisis
    2. Petition by

      Lorelei Erisis

      Littleton, United States

Mr. Newhart,

I'm a queer transgender comic. I'm also from a Catholic family. And though I was not a very good Catholic growing up, it was a big part of my family, especially those closest to me. I have myself been to Mass at Saint Peter's Basilica in The Vatican and have since developed my own love of the Catholic faith. Though I am not able as a queer or transgender person to be part of that faith...
More relevantly though, comedy is the "faith" that has brought me through the hardest as well as the best of times. And in my comedic upbringing, you sir were a huge influence. Your style, delivery and kind sense of humour was one of the major influences that shaped me into the performer, and person, that I am today. You are truly one of my heroes.
That said, and with great respect, I beg you to not associate yourself with the Legatus group and perform at their "summit". I understand the obligations associated with having made a commitment to do a gig. Even if it was, as I truly hope, without a full knowledge of what that group represents. So I ask you this humbly as a fan and a fellow performer. Please, please reconsider your association with this group that hates me and many other fine people, simply because of who we are or who we love.

With great affection,
Lorelei Erisis

 

To:
Bob Newhart
Withdraw from headlining the annual summit of the Legatus Group

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    News

    1. It appears Bob listened!

      Lorelei Erisis
      Petition Organizer

      It would seem that Bob Newhart has changed his schedule and will not be headlining the summit of the anti-LGBTQ Legatus Group.

      I'd love to see some confirmation elsewhere than his Twitter feed, but if it's true, I'm very excited!!

      @BobNewhart: Upcoming Bob Newhart Tour Date Change -- Bob will not be performing at the Legatus Summit in Orlando FL on February 6th, 2014

      Beyond being just a a degree or two of Hollywood separation from him, I have no idea whether this petition reached him or not, but I hope he was able to see how much his LGBTQ (and allies) fans care about him. I will keep this feed up to date as more news emerges.

      https://twitter.com/bobnewhart/status/413471411865255936

      Twitter / BobNewhart: Upcoming Bob Newhart Tour Date ...

      Upcoming Bob Newhart Tour Date Change -- Bob will not be performing at the Legatus Summit in Orlando FL on February 6th, 2014

    2. The petition is gaining traction!

      Lorelei Erisis
      Petition Organizer

      A couple of different national organizations have contacted me expressing interest in this petition. So it's gaining traction and getting noticed!
      I urge you to please share this with your friends, especially those who love comedy and Bob Newhart. It would be wonderful if he could see not just how important this issue is to those of us in the LGBTQ Community, but also how many of us are fans!!

      Slainte!
      Lorelei

    3. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • TONNI DUMOULIN WINNIPEG, CANADA
      • 7 months ago

      Equality is for all people; what more needs to be said?

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    • David Gervais VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • 11 months ago

      I know that your characters are not you, however I can't believe that the real you is so far from them.

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    • Kim Massengill FLORENCE, SC
      • 11 months ago

      These hate groups poison our society and especially our children.

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    • Tammy Twotone LUDLOW, MA
      • 11 months ago

      As both a professional Comedian, and a fan of Newhart, it's very dis-heartening to hear that one of my idols would lend his talent to such a hateful group.

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    • Amy Fisher SANTA MONICA, CA
      • 11 months ago

      I also wanted to say that back in the 1970's when we lived in Beverly Hills, our dog got out and roamed the neighborhood. You found our dog and brought him back home. I have been grateful for your kindness in this regard for a long time.

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