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).
Secretary Salazar to Join Senator Boxer for Salton Sea Tour
Will Visit National Wildlife Refuge, Discuss Ongoing Restoration Efforts in Imperial Valley
Last edited 4/27/2016
SALTON CITY, CA— On Friday, December 14, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer to tour the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge area, located in California's Imperial Valley. Secretary Salazar and Senator Boxer will also be joined by Congressman-elect Raul Ruiz, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Anne Castle, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael Connor, other federal, state, local officials and stakeholders to discuss restoration efforts in the area and ongoing efforts to build a sustainable water future for the state and people of California.
The brief tour is open to press and will be followed by media availability.
Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Barbara Boxer, U.S. Senator
Raul Ruiz, U.S. Congressman-elect
Anne Castle, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science at Interior
Michael Connor, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner
Mark Toy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District Commander
V. Manuel Perez, Assembly member
Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge Visit and Discussion