The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute is proud to recognize the accomplishments of Ben Panico and Romeo Jackson, two alumni of our LGBT Congressional leadership programming.
The Trans 100, which celebrates excellence within the trans community, recognized Ben Panico among its recipients on this year’s Trans 100 list. The only openly transgender person working on Capitol Hill, Panico serves the LGBT Equality Caucus and Rep. Jared Polis as a David Bohnett Victory Congressional Fellow.
“My position here does not fill quota but rather opens floodgates,” Panico said in a 2014 issue of VICTORY Magazine. “We need more representation: more women, more people of color, and certainly more LGBT people.”
Earlier this year, The National Black Justice Coalition, a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering black LGBT people, celebrated its Black History Month by naming Romeo Jackson as part of its 2015 Inaugural Cohort of 100 Black LGBT/SGL Emerging Leaders to Watch.
As a Victory Congressional Intern in fall 2014, Jackson worked as a press intern for the office of Representative Gwen Moore.
Jackson is also the Vice President of the Advisory Board for Campus Pride, a non-profit organization that promotes safe college environments for LGBTQ students.