The August pick for LDS Living Book Club is Without the Mask by Charlie Bird. Follow the LDS Living Book Club Instagram for more insights with the author.
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In February 2019, Charlie Bird wrote a guest opinion piece for Deseret News in which he revealed two parts of his identity: he was the Cosmo the Cougar who starred in viral dance videos with Brigham Young University’s Cougarettes, and he was gay.
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Embracing the man behind the mask: How being Cosmo the Cougar led one man to accept God's will—and himself
Charlie Bird rotated his body in a perfect flip. It was the type of movement that was so familiar, the execution was more than just muscle memory now—it was a part of him. The man who had performed as Brigham Young University’s mascot, Cosmo the Cougar, and who had danced in ESPN’s 2017 College Football Awards, was simply doing what he had always done, defying gravity and soaring through the air.
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How a Book of Mormon passage helped 1 gay Latter-day Saint better understand his relationship with God
Charlie Bird took the world by storm with his unbelievable dance moves. Performing with the BYU Cougarettes—one of the best collegiate dance teams in the United States—in a mascot suit, Bird not only kept up, he brought the crowd to its feet, catching the attention of national media.
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