Dear Ruthie has stood shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Candace Gingrich Jones, Congress Woman Tammy Baldwin, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and former Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, speaking on equal rights and Milwaukee’s LGBT Community.
Dear Ruthie’s advice column first appeared in the “Wisconsin Light” newspaper in 1997, and she began making public appearances across the state shortly thereafter. Her column currently appears in “Quest” magazine under the title “Ruthie’s Bitchin’ Kitchen.”
In addition to her writings, and her countless appearances benefiting statewide HIV/AIDS-related agencies, Ruthie has volunteered her time and talent to organizations such as Elmbrooke Humane Society, Gilda’s Club of Southeastern Wisconsin, BSTD Clinic, COA Youth & Family Center, Camp Heartland and many others.
Through a series of viral videos and presentations, Ruthie helped bring the Gay Softball World Series (NAGAAA-Fest) to Milwaukee in 2009, and in 2010 she was inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame. Similarly, Ruthie appeared in a series of viral videos to promote services offered by Milwaukee’s LGBT Community Center. She continues to help SSBL and Milwaukee’s LGBT Community Center with fundraising efforts.
Dear Ruthie made her theatrical debut in 1999 and continues working with professional theater companies throughout the city. She has starred in several comedies including “Auntie Mame,” “Die, Mommy Die,” “Psycho Beach Party,” “The Women” and “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.” Ruthie was Milwaukee’s first female impersonator to regularly appear on a weekly, network affiliated TV program, “The Don and Bo Show,” featuring former Summerfest Executive Director, Elizabeth “Bo” Black. For her efforts, Ruthie became an honorary member of the Milwaukee Press Club. Her framed autograph continues to hang in downtown Milwaukee’s Newsroom Pub.
Ruthie was also seen on the TV show “America’s Got Talent” (seasons 1 and 2).