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: Secretary Salazar, Director Abbey to Visit California's Imperial Sand Dunes
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EL CENTRO, CA—Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey will visit the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (Dunes) in the California desert on Sunday to participate in responsible, family-oriented OHV recreation. As part of the Obama Administration's America's Great Outdoors initiative, Secretary Salazar and Directory Abbey will highlight the importance of outdoor recreation to our nation's economy and quality of life. Secretary Salazar and Director Abbey will also attend a youth OHV safety training and meet with family campers and community vendors.
Covering over 160,000 acres of public lands managed by BLM, the Dunes is a popular destination for OHV recreation that attracts anywhere from 100,000 to 200,000 visitors on busy holiday weekends.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Bob Abbey, Bureau of Land Management Director
Visit to Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area
Sunday, February 20th, 2011
Meet at the BLM's Cahuilla Ranger Station near the intersection of Gecko Road and Highway 78
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