Homophobic media conspiracy? Or just a tiny story?
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Unless your head has been buried in the sand for the past week or so, chances are that you have heard about the terrible tragedy that was the July 22nd massacre in Norway. Chances are that you have heard about the courageous acts of heroism enacted by some bystanders whilst trying to save lives. German tourist Marcel Gleffe heard the gunfire and, having a military background, recognised it immediately and began to rescue some youths with his boat. However, you may not have heard about the lives saved through the actions of married lesbian couple Toril Hansen and Hege Dalen. Picked up by Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, an approximate translation of their article reads: ‘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 [a] panic into the lake,” says Dale to HS in an interview. The couple immediately took action and pushed the boat into Lake Tyrifjorden.
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