Lesbian couple saved 40 teenagers in Norway massacre

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    Aug 03, 2011 9:12 PM GMT


    Toril Hansen and Hege Dalen have been hailed as heroes. Photo: Maija Tammi/Helsingin Sanomat

    A married lesbian couple have been commended for saving the lives of 40 teenagers in Norway’s massacre two weeks ago.

    Toril Hansen and Hege Dalen were having dinner on the shore opposite the island of Utoya when they heard shots ring out and screaming.

    They saw young people running into Lake Tyrifjorden as Anders Behring Breivik opened fire on the Norwegian Labour Party camp.

    In a stunning act of bravery, the couple got in their boat and started towards the island.

    Hansen and Dalen made four runs across the lake, each time picking up injured, frightened and dazed youngsters while Breivik shot at – and hit – the sides of the boat.

    Dalen told Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat: “We were eating. Then shooting and then the awful screaming. We saw how the young people ran in panic into the lake.”

    While other acts of heroism have emerged from the massacre, Hansen and Dalen’s actions have been largely unreported until now.

    The LGBT blogTalk About Equality asked: “If a married lesbian couple saves 40 teens from the Norway massacre and no-one writes about it, did it really happen? … The heavy hitters who usually kill for hero stories like this have remained silent.”

    Tom Chivers, of the Daily Telegraph, wrote: “Have the media ignored a gold-plated tale of bravery and heroism just because they don’t like the sexual orientation of the protagonists? I don’t know, obviously.

    “But it’s not as though it’s just traditionally minded, conservative news organisations, who might be expected to have misgivings about homosexual marriage, which have not reported on Mrs Hansen and Mrs Dalen’s heroism.”

    Breivik has admitted to killing 77 people on the island and in Oslo on July 22nd.

    He surrendered when surrounded by police and remains in custody.
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    Aug 04, 2011 1:05 AM GMT
    never saw one headline with these heroines... icon_rolleyes.gif god bless their souls icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 04, 2011 1:45 AM GMT
    I read about that elsewhere and the story was followed by comments. Many of the comments were critical of the article for mentioning that the couple were lesbians. I responded to many of the comments by pointing out that it was important to mention that the couple were lesbians because doing so would tend to undermine the hatred and discrimination that gay men and women constantly face.

    Some commentators asserted that gays were constantly flaunting their sexuality. I pointed out that non-gays constantly flaunt their sexuality by advertising their engagements and marriages, and by putting photos of their spouses and children on their desks at work.

    Here is a link to one version of the story; it is followed by both positive and negative comments: