(Washington Post) Decades before rainbow flags were common adornments on D.C. homes — 16 years before the pride flag was even invented — Paul Kuntzler walked into a Columbia Heights apartment in March 1962. He joined a roomful of more than a dozen men, gay men like him, who wanted what they considered to be basic rights. Most were older than his 20 years and had been ousted from their federal government jobs because of their sexuality. Together, they formed the Mattachine Society of Washington, the city’s first gay and lesbian advocacy organization. Since that meeting, Kuntzler, 75, and these early activists have attended countless city meeting and protests, fighting for gay rights and racial equality. Click here for the rest of the article.