This Might Have Been The LGBT Community's Most Significant Setback In Washington

05/20/2015 09:10 am ET | Updated May 20, 2015

What was the most significant setback the LGBT community has endured at the hands of Washington lawmakers? According to the panel we assembled for our most recent edition of "Drinking & Talking," one policy stood out as especially painful.

The Huffington Post's own Jen Bendery joined three members of the gay community -- former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Victory Fund CEO Aisha Moodie-Mills, and Robert Traynham, a former press secretary for likely GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum -- for a wide-ranging discussion on how far the LGBT community has come over the years, hosted by HuffPost's Sam Stein.

As far as our panel was concerned, Don't Ask, Don't Tell, instituted by the military in February 1994, was the most dispiriting blow meted out by Washington policymakers. "It was an emotional roller coaster," said Traynham. But as Frank explains, DADT came about after then-President Bill Clinton got boxed in, trying to win an unrelated legislative battle.

For the full "Drinking & Talking discussion, as well as links to other highlights, click here.

["Drinking and Talking" is produced by Ibrahim Balkhy, Christine Conetta, Brad Shannon and Adriana Usero.]

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