Chaz Bono Gets Legal Sign Off On Gender Change

Chaz Bono has his gender change made official in court in LA on May 6, 2010 Chaz Bono has his gender change made official in court in LA on May 6, 2010

Chaz Bono has become a man – in the eyes of the law.

The star, who began his transition from female to male in March 2009, earned a legal sign-off on his new gender on Thursday, Access Hollywood has learned.

“Today the Transgender Law Center represented Chaz Bono in a petition for change of name and gender,” Kristina Wertz, legal director of the Transgender Law Center, told Access in a statement. “The court granted the petition and Chaz now has a court name change and a court order recognizing him as male. Chaz couldn’t be happier. This is an important step in his transition and will allow him to change a variety of his identity documents to show who he truly is.”

Chaz – born as Chastity Bono to parents Sonny and Cher – petitioned for the legal change in March.

In April, Chaz told Access that his gender-reassignment had been for the better.

“I’m very happy, feel really good,” he told Access’ Tony Potts. “I’ve had really good, positive reactions from people.”

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