10/27/2014 12:13 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Ben Panico Discusses Being The Only Openly Transgender Person On Capitol Hill

What is it like to be an openly transgender person working with legislators from across the political spectrum on Capitol Hill?

Ben Panico, a transgender man, is currently the only openly transgender person doing this kind of work. The 22-year-old works with Rep. Jared Polis and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) caucus on issues that hit close to home.

"It's my dream to just come here and be able to talk about and work on the issues that mean so much to me everyday," said Panico, "and to be able to do it in such an important setting with such powerful people... I'm just going to my job like any other person. Capitol Hill is a very friendly place to be -- most people that know that I'm trans just treat me like any other person."

Check out the video above to learn more about Panico and the work that he does.

(h/t Towleroad)



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