Nazis Heckle Golfers and Drag Event-Goers in Florence, OR

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On April 29, neo-Nazis from Rose City Nationalists, Evergreen Active Club, and Vinland Rebels—all under the umbrella 3N, or Northwest National Network—traveled to Florence, Oregon to protest an all-ages show at the Florence Golf Links. They were joined by McKenzie River Proud Boy Dustin Grant and his wife, Carrie.

“Fanny Rugburn’s Magical Queendom”—an all-ages drag show hosted by Jason Wood, a.k.a. Fanny Rugburn—was Disney-themed; included singalongs to popular songs; read from “Neither,” a children’s book by Airlie Anderson; sang about giving yourself affirmations; and even included a bubble gun. 

Fanny Rugburn, with her big light cotton-candy pink hair and bright colorful polka-dot dress with yellow trim, reads out of a book that she's holding chest level with the pages outwards. The images in the book are of different colored animals.
Fanny Rugburn reads out of “Neither” by Airlie Anderson during the day’s “Fanny Rugburn’s Magical Queendom” show at the Florence Golf Links on April 29, 2023. [Courtesy of Dusk McNeely]

Wood is a private voice and piano teacher in Florence, a founding director with the Children’s Repertory of Oregon Workshops, and current candidate for Siuslaw School Board. He performed twice. His 1 p.m. show was sold-out at 65 tickets and the second show, at 3:30 p.m., only had a few less people and was mostly attended by adult supporters. 

But supporters and attendees weren’t the only ones there. 

The Nazis, in dark clothing and face-obscuring terrorgram-style “skull masks” took over the sidewalk on the corner in front of the Florence Golf Links.They held a banner that read “pedophiles out of our schools” and waved a flag with a Nazi symbol called a black sun. The Nazis harassed both people arriving for the event or simply driving by. 

“This was the first time I had been protested, personally,” Wood said. “I’ve done other all-ages shows in Florence in the past. But the reactions were not like what I’ve seen lately.” 

Woods said that “blowback” over his drag performances “started a little over a year ago” and became more intense when he did an “all-ages show at Eugene-Springfield Pride with some students from my studio.”

“That’s when the accusations and threats became more frequent.” Woods recalled. “This last all-ages show, which was magical, really opened it up to even more threats of violence and horrible accusations not based in a flicker of truth.”

But because of the recent rise in anti-drag and anti-LGBTQIA+ rhetoric and sentiment sweeping the country, Wood said that criticism is on the rise — especially after he started running for elected office. 

Wood initially ran for school board during the Summer 2022 special election and did not win. He announced his current candidacy on March 17.

 “This time around, I struggled with the decision to run,” he said. “But in the end, I knew I needed to. I hope I can provide support and representation on the board if I’m elected.”

Naomi, who attended the drag performance, said the nazis waved when they initially didn’t pull into the golf course’s driveway, but weren’t confrontational at first. Even when Naomi pulled into the driveway, the Nazis were silent—until two lesbian couples arrived. The nazis proceeded to yell at them. 

Naomi later saw the nazis at Jerry’s Place Bar and Grill where they stared and “were trying to come off as intimidating.” Overall, “it all seemed so silly considering how wholesome the show was and Jason Wood’s amazing attitude.”  

Event photographer Dusk McNeely said that she wasn’t surprised to see a protest but was surprised who was protesting. She said she expected the protest to be by members of Florence Patriots, a local right-wing group, but “the military style all black with mask stand-off really took me off guard.” As she drove by, they called her a “pedophile” and asked if she “enjoyed a lap dance from Jason” among other things that she couldn’t hear clearly enough. 

The performances inside were never interrupted and the show went on without a hitch.

“[It] was amazing,” McNeely said of the event. “Uplifting and fun! Jason Wood is great with the kids and everyone was having a great time.”

  • A neo-Nazi in black clothing with his face obscured waves flag with the black sun towards the camera. Behind him is the sign for the Florence Golf Links
  • A neo-Nazi wearing a grey sweatshirt with tan pants speaks into a grey megaphone. He's wearing a grey gator to obscure the bottom half of his face.
  • A photo of a group of people -- some looking directly at the camera. At left is Proud Boy Dustin Grant wearing blue jeans and black shirt and jacket. His face is unobscured and he's wearing sunglasses. To his right is his wife Carrie. Next to them is a man wearing a black shirt with tan pants. His face is obscured by a black gator and he speaks into a grey megaphone. There are other neo-Nazis behind him with their faces completely obscured by gators and hats. They are all wearing black tops with tan pants.
  • Neo-Nazis look towards the camera. The person at left is largely cut off. Directly in the middle is a man with his face covered holding a white flag. At right is a man, face unobstructed, wearing a white hat. He's flexing hard and locking his jaw as he glares into the camera.
  • A neo-Nazi wearing a black terrorgram-style mask and black clothing with Nazi insignias stares looks towards the camera.
  • neo-Nazis look towards the camera. At left, in the distance, is a Florence police officer who is looking towards the group of Nazis to his side as he walks by. In the middle is a man wearing a black bandana over his face and tan hat. To the right, close to the camera, is a neo-Nazi with terrorgram-style mask, sunglasses, and a hat staring into the camera. He is holding a white banner. To his right, is another neo-Nazi with same mask and everything except for a tan hat instead.
  • A neo-Nazi at left with his face uncovered wearing a tan hat looks into the camera. He's flexing slightly less hard as before and doesn't look as jaw clenched. To his left is a smiling Dustin Grant.
  • Just over a dozen neo-Nazis stand on the corner in front of the Florence Golf Links sign. There is white banner in the center that reads "pedophiles out of our schools"

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  1. CWM says:

    Excellent reporting!!

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