WASHINGTON (TND) — The Bureau of Prisons is fast tracking gender reassignment surgery for an ex neo-Nazi bank robber who claims to have information about co-conspirators involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
Transgender inmate Donna Langan – formerly known as Pete Langan – was given a life sentence after she reportedly robbed 22 banks across seven states over a span of just two years as leader of the Aryan Republican Army (ARA).
Langan, who has reportedly renounced her neo-Nazi roots, also admitted in a 2007 sworn deceleration that ARA members were involved in the Oklahoma City attack.
Following her conviction, Langan resided in a male prison for nearly two decades before being transferred to a female prison following a lengthy legal battle.
Langan then sued the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) in September of last year, arguing the agency was denying her requests for gender reassignment surgery.
The BOP responded to Langan’s complaint a few months later indicating that was not the case.
“In October 2021, the BOP’s Transgender Executive Council (‘TEC’) referred [Langan] for gender confirmation surgery to BOP’s medical director,” reads a January motion filed in Langan’s case. “This is a significant step, and it is the first time the TEC has made such a referral for any inmate,” the BOP continued in its motion. “The medical director is now in the process of confirming that surgery.”
Both parties later submitted a status update on June 17, about the progress made towards helping Langan obtain her surgery.
“BOP has determined it will also pursue a separate procurement focused on, and specifically for, [Langan’s] surgical needs,” the June 17 status report reads. “BOP believes that such a focused procurement will likely result in providing services to [Langan] more quickly.”
A source in the white supremacy movement who knew Langan and her band of neo-Nazis claimed ARA helped finance the bombings in Oklahoma City, according to The Washington Post.
Throughout her criminal career, Langan was forced to hide her cross-dressing proclivities from her white supremacist cohorts. Langan’s transgender history dates back to at least the 1990s, when she was leader of the ARA.
“Was Langan wedded to the revolutionary cause or committed to a path of self-discovery that his white supremacist cohorts would not only find repugnant but might see as grounds to kill him?” asked Andrew Gumbel and Roger Charles in their book “Oklahoma City: What the Investigation Missed and Why it Matters.”