Saturday, 6 August 2011


Hege Dalen and Toril Hansen saved 40 teens at the Norway Massacre (Photo by Maija Tammi)

(August 6) It's been two weeks since the July 22 Norway massacre and two bonafide heroes who repeatedly risked their lives to save 40 teens that day - a married lesbian cople - still have not even gotten their due in the international mainstream media.

Call it indirect homophobia. And direct homophobia.

To recap, in two separate attacks on July 22, a Christian fundamentalist murdered 77 people and injured another 96.

The Finnish capital city’s largest daily newspaper, Helsingin Sanomatpublished this account (translated from Finnish):

Hege Dalen and her spouse, Toril Hansen were near Utöyan having dinner on the opposite shore across from the ill-fated campsite, when they began to hear gunfire and screaming on the island.
“We were eating. Then shooting and then the awful screaming. We saw how the young people ran in panic into the lake,” says Dale to HS in an interview.
The couple immediately took action and pushed the boat into Lake Tyrifjorden.
Dalen and Hansen drove the boat to the island, picked up from the water victims in shock in, the young and wounded, and transported them to the opposite shore to the mainland. Between runs they saw that the bullets had hit the right side of the boat.
Since there were so many and not all fit at once aboard, they returned to the island four times.
They were able to rescue 40 young people from the clutches of the killer.
“We did not sleep last night at all. Today, we have been together and talked about the events,” Dalen said.

Had Hege Dalen and Toril Hansenbeen been two straight men, they would have been hailed as heroes on the cover of every magazine from here to Timbuktu.

Just goes to prove that homophobia is alive and well in newsrooms around the world.

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