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