Chaz Bono Petitions California Court To Legally Change Name & Gender

Chaz Bono speaks during the Transgender Law Center 7th anniversary event in San Francisco on November 5, 2009 Chaz Bono speaks during the Transgender Law Center 7th anniversary event in San Francisco on November 5, 2009

Chaz Bono is asking a judge to formally change his name and gender.

The 41-year-old writer, activist and reality-TV star, was born a girl to Sonny Bono and Cher. He filed a petition to change his name and gender last week.

Bono’s doctor filed a declaration with the court indicating he performeda gender-change operation last year.

Formerly called Chastity, Bono has called the gender change “the best decision I’ve ever made.”

The filing was first reported by celebrity Web site TMZ.com.

A hearing on the petition is scheduled for May 6 in Santa Monica, Calif.

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