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Only Transgender Capitol Hill Staffer Pushes For LGBT Rights [video]

Ben Panico has experienced something other transgender Capitol Hill staffers haven’t in the past — a warm welcome.What do you think?

Trans staffers of years past remember feeling like pariahs, trying to fit into a buttoned-down world where gender conformity was the norm.

The 22-year-old Panico experienced a different reception.

“Capitol Hill is a very friendly place to be,” he told Fusion. “Most people … that know that I’m trans just treat me like any other person.”

Panico is one of only four openly transgender people to have worked on Capitol Hill, according to

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