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).
As of November 2011, Ms. June Hartley was selected as the Associate Deputy Chief Information Officer (ADCIO) for Service Delivery in the Office Chief Information Office (OCIO). Ms. Hartley has over twenty-five years of hands-on experience in directing and managing complex enterprise-level IT environments. As the acting Associate DCIO for Service Delivery, she is responsible for delivering information technology (IT) services in a shared services environment across the Department of the Interior (DOI). Her experience includes planning, budgeting, developing and implementing information solutions to address business IT Services for DOI and other Federal Agencies. At the OCIO, her oversight includes IT Security Operations, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure Hosting, Telecommunications, Customer Support Center, and other IT Support Services. Ms. Hartley has spent her career providing IT Services and ability to bring the benefits of IT to solve complex business issues while managing costs and risks.
Ms. Hartley joined DOI in 1983, serving as the program manager for the Human Resources and Financial Management Lines of Businesses where she developed and implemented the operations and maintenance of several administrative system that have been used government wide. These systems include PAY/PERS System (integrate personnel and payroll system), Federal Personnel and Payroll System, Emergency Fire Fighters Systems, Web based Time and Attendance, ERP systems including Oracle Federal Financials and SAP, Momentum Financials, and the Department of the Interior's Federal Business Management System.
In 2007, Ms. Hartley was appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the NBC providing critical infrastructure technology support for multiple lines of business in Finance, Human Resources, Acquisition, and Aviation Management. Combined together, these lines of businesses provide services to not only DOI's offices and bureaus, but to over 150 government agencies, in a shared service model in support of better government. In addition, Ms. Hartley directed a world class Data Center facility and organization that provides cutting edge hosting, managed services and disaster recovery to Federal agencies.