Splice one: Felix and Helen Fenlon, Maxwell and Janis Splice one: Felix and Helen Fenlon, Maxwell and Janis
This wedding snap is historic because the women in it used to be men and the men were once women
It's sex swaps all round in this historic wedding snap.
Because the women in it used to be men and the men were once women.
The Sunday Mirror was invited to the ceremony after revealing how Felix and Helen Fenlon – pictured here as best man and bridesmaid – married last month.
It was thought theirs was the UK’s first double sex swap wedding. Then Janis and Maxwell Burr came forward to claim the honour after marrying on New Year’s Eve, 2005.
They were so inspired by Felix and Helen’s courageous decision to make their wedding public they asked the Fenlons to be their best man and bridesmaid at a renewal of vows.
After the ceremony, social work assistant Janis, 45 – who used to be Ian – said: “Maxwell is my soulmate.” She revealed how she used to wear her sister’s dresses when she was a six-year-old boy. She saved up £10,000 for her 2003 swap op.
Retired chef Maxwell, 71 – once Mary –met and fell for Janis on holiday in 2002. He had his op months after hers. When the law allowed sex swap marriages in 2005, the couple wed.
Maxwell said: “It was groundbreaking.” He said renewing their vows at Scunthorpe Civic Centre was “an incredible day” adding: “I was in heaven.”
After the service attended by 15 guests, bridesmaid Helen, 56, said: “We know how much Maxwell and Janis have been though to get here today.
“Their love endures.”