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A married Norwegian couple rescued 40
young people fleeing gunman Anders Behring
Breivik who shot dead 68 people on July 22.
The shooting spree occurred during a Labour
Party youth camp on Utoeya Island, Nor way.
Hege Dalen, 43, and her wife, Toril Hansen, 35,
were on the mainland about 700m from the is-
land when they heard gunfire.
“ Then shooting and then the awful scream-
ing. We saw how the young people ran in panic
into the lake,” says Dalen.
The pair was among several campers who
risked their lives to launch a small dinghy onto
Lake Tyrifjorden and drive to the island, pick-
ing up sur vivors who were swimming to avoid
the bullets. The women couldn’t fit everyone at
once in their boat, so made four trips and saved
“ The rescuers had to choose who to pick up
because the boat wasn’t big enough to take too
many at a time,” said Dalen .
“Many of the kids helped with that; they
were brave. They said, ‘Take this one, he needs
saving more than me’ or ‘Take her, I can wait’.
“ We brought them back to land and gave
them blan kets, calmed them down, and tried to
Between runs the couple noticed the right
side of the boat had been hit by bullets. The
women’s heroic tale has only recently surfaced
in news reports, prompting some cynics to sug -
gest their efforts were not praised at the time
because these “heroes” are two lesbian women,
not heterosexual Rambo types.
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its Pride on
The dates for the 2011 WA Pride Festival have
been announced. The four-week LGBT festival
will run from Sunday October 16 to Saturday
The theme for this years festival is For O ur
Community. The centerpiece of the Festival, Fair
Day, will be Saturday October 8, the weekend
before the official start, with the Parade in
Northbridge a week after the festival ends, on
Saturday November 19.
While details of this year’s events are yet to be
finalised, pundits point out there will be plenty
of mainstream, yet gay-friendly, acts in town
through that period, including KD Lang , Dolly
Par ton and Taylor Dayne.
It’s known as the city of pleasures with its
trademark re d light district, lenient dr ug laws
and pro-gay marriag e laws, and Amsterdam’s
16th Gay Pride parade did not disappoint this
Hundre ds of thousands crowded the streets to
watch the parade – on water – drift past with a
flotilla of 80 floats.
Among them were pirate ships, a homage to
Aussie icon film with Priscilla – Que en of the
Canal and an inaugural Dutch Defense Minis-
try-commissioned boat with a Do Ask, Do Tell
theme with gay soldiers on board. The g uest
of honour on the latter was Lt Dan Choi, dis-
charg ed from the US Militar y after coming out.
“In the Netherlands we have what we call tol-
erance at a distance”, said Vera Bergkamp, presi-
dent of Dutch LGBT group COC.
“People are tolerant as long as homosexuality
stays out of their vie w.”
But reports sugg est many heterosexual people
attended the event, the theme of which was All
Together Now, dressed in pink.
The Netherlands was the first country in the
world to leg alise gay marriage in 2001.
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