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).
Salazar Tours Gateway Arch with Sec. LaHood, Sen. McCaskill
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Last edited 4/25/2016
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today toured the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, along with Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Senator Claire McCaskill. Secretary Salazar, Secretary LaHood and Senator McCaskill reviewed the winning design concept to revitalize the park and met with stakeholders to discuss pending refinements and implementation of the plan.
“The winning design concept fulfills the dream of the Gateway Arch's original designer Eero Saarinen to create one great park on both banks of the Mississippi River,” Salazar said. “We will work hard with other federal agencies and partners to complete the design by 2015, the 50th anniversary of the Arch.”
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates of New York was the winner of the design competition for the renovation of the park.
The winning concept calls for a landscaped “lid” over the depressed lanes of Interstate 70 between the Gateway Arch grounds and downtown; an expanded underground museum and new entrance on Memorial Drive; improvements to the city owned riverfront levee; and expanded programming and amenities on the Gateway Arch grounds and in East St. Louis.
Salazar said that the project complements the goal of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative to expand opportunities for Americans to enjoy outdoor recreation.
“We hope that the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial will become a model of how urban parks can provide opportunities for outdoor recreation and invite more people to fully enjoy our nation's natural beauty, culture and history,” Salazar said.