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Meet the only openly trans U.S. House staffer

On a Friday morning in August when most D.C. workers are either away on vacation or coming into work in casual attire, Ben Panico is dressed for business in a dark suit over a crisp white shirt. Two months earlier, Panico started work in his year-long fellowship at the LGBT Equality Caucus as an appointee of the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute’s Victory Congressional Fellow program, which is funded by the David Bohnett Foundation. The 22-year-old has the distinction of being the only openly transgender staffer to serve in the U.S. House.

In an interview with the Washington Blade at

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