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).
This summer, the U.S. Department of the Interior supported “United We Serve,” President Obama's call for Americans to participate in our nation's recovery and renewal by serving in our communities. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar encouraged Interior employees, partners and volunteers to recommit to service in the outdoors at a kickoff event at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia on June 22, 2009.
Building on the Interior's proud legacy of service, volunteers lent their talents and skills within their communities and at wildlife refuges, national parks, recreation areas and cultural sites across the country. Read the inspiring stories they shared with us:
On Sept. 11, the National Day of Service and Remembrance, President Obama renewed his call to engage in meaningful service activities and to stay engaged with those projects throughout the year. With your help, we will continue to support this call for volunteerism while fulfilling Interior's role as a standard-bearer for service on our public lands and in our local communities.
To learn more about how you can get involved in volunteerism and service, visit the following sites: