Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
DOINews: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Video Features Efforts to Build a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace
Building a diverse and inclusive workplace is everyone's responsibility. A new video from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service highlights efforts by the Service's Northeast Region to bring culturally diverse employees into the workforce.
“We are creating a workplace where people not only want to come to, but they also want to stay,” says the Service's Northeast Regional Director Wendi Weber.
In the video, Weber explains the region's efforts to provide tools and training to managers to recruit and retain a diverse workplace, develop a cadre of employees to serve as “diversity change agents,” create entry-level positions to provide employment opportunities, and develop an intern program that brings culturally and ethnically diverse students into the Service.
The video also features John Burden, chief diversity officer for the Department of the Interior. Burden highlights the significance of the first-ever Inclusive Workplace Statement, signed by Secretary Ken Salazar in August 2010.
“Secretary Salazar truly believes that we can, and we will, get diversity right this time,” Burden said. “Everyone has to see themselves in this effort.”
Also featured are Lamar Gore, the acting chief of Diversity and Civil Rights for the Service's Northeast Region, and Gabe Harper, a park ranger at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Gore and Harper explain the success of the Service's Career Discovery Internship Program, which introduces diverse youth to the Service.