Iranian Queer Organization in Toronto received this letter from a 19-year old student:
I have got very surprised, very angry of this article and I do not understand really what is point of President of Iran. If Iran do not have any homosexual then I do not understand who I am then because I am an Iranian Gay and I have so many problem back my country where is Iran because of my sexual orientation my is in danger in Iran then what is that?
My purpose of this letter is to kind of answering President Ahmadinejad and to say that I do exist as an Iranian homosexual and it does not matter where I am.
Mehdi escaped Iran for Britain, but failed to get asylum. He now lives in the Netherlands. He’s become a vocal, but exiled champion for gay Iranians.