Cooper is many things -- a military veteran, a Buddhist, a transgender pioneer in the arts, an activist and a filmmaker. Originally from New York, I spoke to Cooper about how these multiple identities have shaped his life.
In the midst of such fervent gun culture, a growing student activist movement at the University of Texas, Austin, is fighting back. For over a year, members of Cocks Not Glocks have made international headlines with their unique method of advocacy: rocking dildos on their backpacks as they stroll around campus and attend their classes.
Sweedan risked his life and the life of his family by supporting the U.S. in Iraq. After losing his father because of this, he still decided to serve the U.S. again as an Army medic. And yet, here he was, being sympathetic to people who are often the least understanding of his plight.