For Barry J. Cooper, Jr., participating in OutGames serves two purposes.

“I signed up to participate in golf and tennis competitions for the physical and mental challenge and to make new connections,” Cooper said.

A Miami Beach attorney, Cooper started playing golf at age 11. He took lessons at Acadian Hills Country Club in Lafayette, Louisiana where his father was a member.

Cooper described his golf activity as a hobby.

“I’m a weekend warrior,” he said.

New to the OutGames, Cooper was introduced to the event at a luncheon for business professionals.

“I discovered the Out Games this year from a business luncheon I attended that was hosted by the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce,” Cooper said.

Away from the golf course and tennis court, Cooper practices law. He holds a JD/MBA from Loyola University in New Orleans and has considerable experience in matters of estates and trusts, commercial litigation and Title VII cases involving workplace discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation.