A judge on Thursday granted a request to change the name and gender of the 41-year-old writer, activist and reality TV star. Chaz Bono was born a girl to Sonny Bono and Cher and underwent a gender-change operation last year.
Bono was represented in court by attorney Kristina Wertz of the Transgender Law Center. Wertz says the judge's order is an important step in Chaz Bono's transition and will allow him to reflect his new identity on a variety of official documents.
Wertz says in a statement, "Chaz couldn't be happier."
Caption: Chaz Bono arrives to the Santa Monica Courthouse to formally ask a judge to change his name and gender following his 2009 sex change surgery, on May 6, 2010 in Santa Monica, California. Chaz, born to Sonny and Cher Bono in 1969, and named Chastity Sun Bono, wants to be known as Chaz Salvatore. The name Chastity came from the title of the 1969 film Cher made with her first husband Sonny, who died in a skiing accident in 1998. Chaz revealed his gender reassignment surgery last June. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)