He who was a 'she' is marrying a 'she' who was a 'he'
After four marriages and 10 children between them Felix, 46, born as
a girl called Katy and Helen, 56, born as a boy called Leslie have
decided to elope to Gretna Green. Unbelievable! But it's true.
When Felix Laws and Helen Morfitt of Britain gaze into each others
eyes it's clear that they can't wait till they tie the knot. Their huge
smiles hide the years of torment and incredible changes they have been
through before they became one of Britain's most unusual couples.
The love-birds have both had sex changes. At 5ft 8in, Helen towers
over 5ft 1in Felix and the couple admit that people sometimes stare at
them in the street. Helen says: "It might seem a bit strange to people
on the outside but as far as we're concerned we're just like any other
man and woman in love.
"We've been through a lot over the years and had tough times
transitioning from one sex to another, but we've now found each other
and that's all that matters.
"I've been married three times before but this time I know it's for
real because I know I'm the right sex this time." School teaching
assistant Felix says: "We share everything, from house work to decision
"And we're just like any other couple - including in the bedroom.
Neither of us has any complaints on that score." The couple will
officially change the sex on their birth certificates so they can marry
as husband and wife.
The date for the nuptials, September 13, holds special significance
because it was the date they had their sex change ops - albeit seven
They met in 2008 after Felix - who was then a woman - confessed to
his doctor that he was trapped in the wrong body. The GP sent Felix to
see psychologist who put him in touch with Helen because she ran a
transgender support group.
Felix says: "I'd known from the age of eight that I should have been
born a boy. "My friends were playing with dolls and prams but I wanted
to climb trees, play football and get muddy.
"Even sitting down to go to the toilet felt wrong. But it was the
1970s and you didn't have those kind of thoughts back then.
"So I tried to behave as if everything was normal and got married
"After I exchanged vows with my husband and went up to our room I
knew I'd made the biggest mistake of my life."
As Katy, Felix went on to have two sons with her husband. Felix says:
" Just because I was transgender didn't mean I didn't want what everyone
else had - a loving family.
"When I held my children in my arms for the first time I felt like
any other mother would about their baby."
Felix settled down to family life but after 13 years of living a lie
he could take no more. He walked out - leaving his sons, then aged 10
and 12, behind."My husband was given custody of the children and it
broke my heart but I couldn't keep playing happy families. Helen offered
Felix a shoulder to cry on. And when Felix told her how tortured he
felt, Helen revealed how she had gone through her own sex change five
years earlier. Not only was she once a man, buy had also been married
three times and had eight kids.
Helen says: "My wives had wanted children and I did too. In some ways
I was trying to prove my masculinity, trying to deny who I really was -
a woman in a man's body.
"I loved my wives, in fact I'm still friends with two of them. But I
couldn't love them in the right way. I was trying to repress my real
feelings and coped by cross dressing in secret."
As Helen and Felix shared their stories, they grew closer and fell in
love, despite the fact that Felix was still waiting for his op to become
Helen says: "When I met Felix, he'd been taking hormones and had a
deep voice and muscles so I never really viewed him as a woman."
In 2009 the pair got the news they had been longing to hear - Felix
was given the go-ahead for a sex change. The couple, who live together
in Hull, say their years in the wring gender were devastatingly
As was plucking up the courage to talk to their families about the
problems. Helen, a support worker at Lincoln University, told her
children about her op before having it. She says: "I was incredibly ill
by then because of the stress. "I told my two youngest, who were only
five and six, that I was very poorly and the only way I could get better
was to become a girl. They accepted it easily.
"The six-year-old said it would be a bit silly to call me Daddy and
started calling me Helen.
"My two girls and four other boys came round to the idea slowly and I
regularly see most of them now." After proposing to Helen in 2011, Felix
says: "I kept thinking how amazing she'd been through my transition.
"One day I just said 'let's get married' and she agreed". Felix wore
a flowing white dress at his first wedding but will be in a kilt this
And Helen will swap morning suits for the red and black Gothic dress
she dreamed of wearing when she was a little boy.
Warning! Don't call 911 for stupid reasons
911- the emergency telephone number which allows a caller to contact
local emergency services in USA . This service should be used only if
some one's life is in danger or needs urgent help. If it is misused or
abused the caller can be arrested and charged in a court of law.
This is what Vincent Valvo had to undergo when he called 911 to
complain against his mother. Mothers can be annoying sometimes, but that
should not be valid reason to call 911. Police arrested Vincent Valvo,
19, after he allegedly called 911 twice because "he didn't like how his
mom was talking to him."
He was later released after posting a $500 bond.
Meanwhile, a 42-year-old Pennsylvania woman called 911 requesting a
divorce and police assistance to make her husband leave. Police say they
explained to the woman, whom they are not identifying, that a divorce is
a civil matter and that they could not make her husband leave the
residence because no crime had been committed. Instead, police have
cited the woman for disorderly conduct and misusing the Erie County 911
These are not the only instances where 911 emergency telephone number
had been abused or misused.
For instance police in Tampa, Fla., arrested Robert Hagerman for
calling 911 on his daughter after she refused to buy him a beer.
Then Michael Barker called 911 repeatedly in Hudson, Fla. asking them
to fetch him a taxi and saying that he lost his football. Cops arrested
him for allegedly misusing the emergency system.
Meanwhile, Everett Lages who allegedly called 911 after he was not
allowed to bring his kitten inside a strip club was arrested. But one of
the most irritating calls was by John R. Pacella who called 911 and told
the operator he "wanted to see an officer because he wanted to fight
with them." When police showed up at his door, he began pushing and
shoving officers. He was promptly arrested.