“I was never good at organizations. I was always myself.”
“The Queen of Ocean Beach,” Schuldt was the preeminent pioneer of 20th century counterculture in San Francisco, long before the Beats, hippies, or punks arrived on the scene. Though she worked in night clubs and on fishing boats, Schuldt’s first love was the beach, where she was initially considered strange for rushing into the ocean mostly naked. The beach is also where she met a great many of the runaways and disaffected teens she fostered over the years, many of them queer youth who had been disowned by their own families and turned to Schuldt for guidance and acceptance.