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).
AMERICA'S GREAT OUTDOORS: Salazar, Bloomberg to Announce Major Partnership to Enhance Jamaica Bay as a Great Urban Park
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NEW YORK CITY – On Tuesday, July 17, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will announce an innovative new partnership between the National Park Service and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to cooperatively manage the City's and the National Park Service's urban parks in and around Jamaica Bay and connect urban communities to the natural beauty and history of the region. Today's announcement builds on a commitment made between the Mayor and the Secretary in October 2011 to work together to establish the Jamaica Bay area as a great urban park.
Earlier in the day, Secretary Salazar will deliver remarks as part of Greater & Greener: Re-Imagining Parks for 21st Century Cities – an international urban parks conference. He will discuss the Obama administration's bold vision to build and expand America's great urban parks so that they remain healthy, connected, and accessible to every American. More information is available here.
In cities and metropolitan areas across the country, the Department of the Interior is working with communities to connect people – especially young people – to green spaces, waterways, recreation opportunities and cultural landmarks. As part of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative, Interior is expanding outdoor recreation opportunities, restoring urban natural resources, strengthening outreach programs for school children, improving connections among existing parks, and restoring public access to natural, cultural, and historic resources.
The Obama administration's America's Great Outdoors initiative supports locally-driven projects and strengthen economies by creating greater access to open spaces and outdoor recreation. These efforts are a direct result of the 51 listening sessions the Department of the Interior held with citizens across the U.S. who identified ways to strengthen their local economies and called for more access to green spaces, parks, and rivers where they live.
EVENT #1: Remarks on the Obama Administration's Vision for Great Urban Parks
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Remarks at the Greater and Greener International Urban Parks Conference presented by the City Parks Alliance