Trans ex-neo-Nazi robber to get fast-tracked ‘gender surgeries’ from the Bureau of Prisons
Donna Langan, née Peter, (pictured) was sentenced to life in prison in 1997 for robbing two banks. She demanded that the government help her carry out her gender confirmation surgery
The US Bureau of Prisons has accelerated “gender confirmation” operations for a transgender ex-neo-Nazi who is serving life in prison for two violent robberies after she filed a lawsuit against them for delaying her request.
Donna Langan, born Peter, 63, was part of the Aryan Republican Army (ARA), a neo-Nazi group, and was sentenced to life in prison with an additional 35 years in 1997 for two bank robberies using firearms and explosives, Fox news reported.
Langan, who identifies as a woman, spent two decades in a male prison before being transferred to the female prison at the Carswell Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
In September 2021, Langan filed a complaint against the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) claiming she is experiencing “debilitating anxiety due to severe and inadequately treated gender dysphoria.”
The BOP said in a joint report on Friday that Langan’s request will finally be granted “quickly,” without the need to settle matters in court.
Plaintiffs agree that the government’s actions appear to demonstrate that the operation is on track and not being overly or artificially delayed,” the report said.
‘In the light of the steps’ [BOP has] taken to grant operations to Plaintiff, the parties believe that there is a possibility that all claims in this matter can be resolved without the need for further litigation.”
The Republican Aryan army carried out 22 robberies between 1994 and 1996, co-founded by Langan. Pictured: (top row LR) Scott Stedeford, Donna Langan and Mark Thomas; (bottom row LR) Michael Brescia, Richard Guthrie Jr. and Kevin McCarthy
After serving about 20 years in prison, Langan was transferred to the women’s prison at the Carswell Federal Medical Center (pictured), in Fort Worth, Texas, where she claimed to suffer discrimination and gender dysphoria when she pleaded for surgery last year.
Langan, who had a surgery consultation on June 10, said she knew “she had been mistakenly identified as a boy” when she was four, and that her ” whole life was shaped by the agonizing tension between the immutability of her gender identity and the often life-or-death danger of the public life of her truth,” the 2021 indictment said.
“In order to alleviate this suffering and the other harms and risks of harm she faces as a result of gender discrimination, she has searched for decades, and now she is seeking through this complaint, gender-confirming surgery (hereinafter ‘GCS’), with the greatest urgency for vaginal plasty,” the application stated.
Langan has also claimed that she has changed since her conviction in the late 90s and no longer holds her racist beliefs.
She was the co-founder of the Aryan Republican Army, which carried out 22 bank robberies across America, reminiscent of the 1991 film Point Break, where the gang wore masks of former presidents during their raids, Dallas Morning News reported.
Langan, known as Commander Pedro, was disgraced not only for the brutal robberies but also for spreading white supremacist propaganda calling for ethnic cleansing.
The neo-Nazi group was also suspected of conspiring with terrorist Timothy McVeighn in the infamous Oklahoma City bombing.
During her trial, it was revealed that Langan was leading a double life, by daytime by Peter the white supremacist and by night by a redhead named Donna with pink, manicured nails.
Langan and her gang wore the masks of former presidents during their daring bank robberies, following the 1991 film, Point Break (above)
In 2017, Langan was one of the few transgender inmates to be successfully transferred to the Carswell Women’s Prison, sparking controversy when three inmates called on the BOP to remove Langan and the other transgender women.
‘My physical rights are being violated by the defendants who house men in prison,’ wrote Rhonda Fleming in her January 2017 complaint. ‘I am humiliated and degraded every day so that men who identify as women can feel at ease.
The BOP had initially expanded transgender inmates’ rights in the final two days of the Obama administration, allowing transgender women to be transferred to women’s prisons, before going back on the changes under the Trump administration.
Since then, there have been several lawsuits calling on the government to remove these inmates, as well as a lawsuit to put the inmates through gender confirmation surgeries.
Last week, Christina Lusk, 56, a strange woman, filed a lawsuit against the Minnesota State Corrections Department, demanding $50,000 in monetary compensation because she was assigned to the men’s prison and denied gender-confirming surgery.
Christina Lusk, 56, has filed a lawsuit against the state’s corrections department, demanding $50,000 in financial compensation because she was assigned to the men’s prison and was denied gender-confirming surgery
Lusk, who is legally recognized as a woman, has asked to be moved from the men’s facility in Moose Lake to the women’s prison in Skakopee.
Lusk, of Minneapolis, came out as transgender 14 years ago, began human therapy, and changed her name in 2018. The following year, she pleaded guilty to a felony drug possession charge.
Jess Braverman, an attorney for the Gender Justice group, which represents Lusk along with Minneapolis law firm Robins Kaplan, said her client is unsafe in Moose Lake.
‘She is a woman and suddenly she has been placed in a men’s institution. She’s in a locked cell with some men, and in that environment she’s really exposed to intimidation and violence,” Braverman said.
While she was in prison, Lusk was also not denied gender-confirming surgeries by corrections officers — despite doctors approving the procedure before she was incarcerated, the lawsuit said. She is expected to be released in 2024.
Lusk, who is legally recognized as a woman, has asked to be moved from the men’s facility in Moose Lake (pictured) to the women’s prison in Skakopee
Lusk has been looking for a vaginoplasty since her incarceration, but DOC medical director James Amsterdam has ruled that she cannot have genital surgery while in prison, but “can do so after her release,” the lawsuit said.
Lusk wrote in the complaint: ‘I have been diagnosed with severe gender dysphoria. I have tried to commit suicide four times because of my severe anxiety caused by my GD and self-mutilation. My mental capacity is under control and I am able to make good decisions until surgery.
‘I have letters of support from my GP, my gender specialist, my therapist and my psychiatrist. It only takes two letters for an operation, but I go further than necessary.’
The corrections department’s move to detain Lusk in a male prison and refuse her surgery is unconstitutional and a violation of her human rights, the lawsuit said.