Aug 1, 2011

THE HEROISM OF HEDGE AND TORIL: married lesbian couple who rescued 40 teenagers during and after the bloody event

Hege Dalen and Toril Hansen, married, Lesbians and Heros
¨By this point, most of you have heard about the tragedy in Norway a few weeks ago when a Christian Fundamentalist murdered 92 people and injured another 96. The story has been well-covered by International media and the mainstream press here in the US.

What you probably have not heard about is the married lesbian couple who rescued 40 teenagers during and after the bloody event. Several blogs and gay and lesbian publications are now picking up the story, but the heavy hitters who usually kill for hero stories like this, have remained silent.

Finnish capital city’s largest daily newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat, published 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.

Please share this story and make sure people know the heroism of Hege and Toril.¨

·  Thanks to Maija Tammi, photo
·  Thanks to Helsingin Sanomat, Finland, HERE
·  Thanks to Talk About Equality, sidebar, HERE ,


JCF said...

Thank you, Leonardo.

Like Mark Bingham (Memory Eternal) on United Flight 93, but these gay heroes lived to tell...

[Also---on this day Gabrielle Giffords returned to Congress---Daniel Hernandez. Remember our heroes!]

Leonardo Ricardo said...

You are welcome JCF

All around me I have friends, many whom happen to be LGBTI people, offer so much love and life and service to those around many of our people are heros and some are courageous in a most natural and intuitive way...we´re quite a wonderful lot...mostly in quiet and annoymous ways.

Un abrazo fuerte,