It has been more than two decades since basketball great Earvin Magic Johnson announced that he was H.I.V. positive and retiring from the L.A. Lakers. A lot has changed since then in the public education and perception of H.I.V. and AIDS and how it's treated medically. Anderson spoke with Johnson about the impact of his decision to go public with his H.I.V. status. They also talked about Johnson’s son, E.J., who came out as gay publicly this year.
Elizabeth Smart was just 14 years old when she was kidnapped from her bedroom at knifepoint and held captive for nine months. She's now 25, and for the first time, she's speaking at length about the horrors she endured. Smart also speaks openly with Anderson about her rescue, and what her life is like today.
For the first time Elizabeth Smart is describing in detail her unimaginable ordeal. She was kidnapped at the age of 14, held captive for nine months, starved, threatened, tortured and raped on a daily basis. But Smart also shares a story of survival in her book, 'My Story,' which she discussed openly with Anderson.
Watch Part II of Anderson Cooper's interview with Kristin Beck:
After years spent fighting in some of the world's worst wars, former U.S. Navy SEAL Kristin Beck says she knows what she wants.
"I want to have my life," she told CNN's "AC360" in an exclusive Thursday night.
"I fought for 20 years for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I want some happiness."
Beck recently came out as transgender.
She wrote about the experience in a book, "Warrior Princess: A U.S. Navy SEAL's Journey to Coming out Transgender."
Christopher Beck served as a U.S. Navy SEAL in some of the most dangerous battlegrounds in the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan. During his time in the elite unite, he earned the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and other medals and commendations.
But for 20 years while Beck was fighting for his country, he was also fighting an inner battle over his identity. He wanted to live his life as a woman.
After retiring in 2011, Beck did just that. Chris Beck is now Kristin Beck.
Beck's journey has not been easy. She had no role models to show her the way. She worried she wouldn't be accepted after she began dressing and living like a woman.
American aid worker Jessica Buchanan was held captive in the Somali desert for 93 days. Her captors were heavily-armed pirates who initially demanded a $45 million ransom. She describes the harrowing ordeal and dramatic rescue to Anderson Cooper in an in-depth interview.
In her last "proof of life" call to her family on January 16, Buchanan told them she had an infection and urgently needed medication to survive. For months she had become weak from exposure to the elements and little food or clean water. That call set in motion the rescue operation that would end her nightmare.
Buchanan says she had no idea anybody knew where she and her Danish colleague were being held. She never imagined President Obama was aware of her imprisonment and location.
In late 2011, American aid worker Jessica Buchanan and a Danish colleague were abducted in Somalia and held captive for 93 days. With negotiations failing and her health declining, President Obama gave the go ahead for a dramatic rescue lead by the U.S. Navy’s elite SEAL Team Six. Tonight on 360, Buchanan and her husband recount her harrowing abduction and amazing rescue. They also share their remarkable story in the new book “Impossible Odds.”
“I felt like I was in the most impossible situation,” Buchanan told Anderson. Her kidnappers were Somali pirates who had moved their operation from sea to land. The pirates were high from chewing khat, a plant that acts as an amphetamine-like stimulant. They demanded $45 million in ransom. The pirates kept asking how could her family not have the money. She says she constantly told them, “I’m just an aid worker.”
According to Buchanan, the most terrifying pirate was an 11-year-old boy. He was walking around with a machine gun and draped in ammunition. “He followed me and terrorized me through the whole ordeal.”
American aid worker Jessica Buchanan was kidnapped in Somalia. She tells Anderson Cooper the story of her remarkable rescue. After 93 days in captivity and constant fear she would die, she was saved by U.S. Navy SEALs. Hear more of her fascinating story Friday on AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.
Four simple words tweeted in support of Jason Collins, an NBA player who came out, and a church changed their mind about inviting former NFL player LeRoy Butler to speak to the children in the congregation about bullying.
Congrats to Jason Collins
Congrats to Jason Collins
— leroy butler (@leap36) April 29, 2013
Butler said he was "a little shocked" when the church first brought up the tweet and expressed concern that he was going to talk about gay people with the kids, which he never intended to do. "I speak all the time ... I tell my story. Single parent home; African American; from the projects; going to Florida State and playing for the Green Bay Packers for 12 years."