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Chaz Bono is now legally a man

Chaz-court A judge in a Santa Monica court on Thursday granted Chaz Bono's request for a change of name and gender, People reports, putting a legal stamp on the transition Bono started in early 2009.

The child of Cher and the late Sonny Bono who started life as Chastity filed the request in March. In that court filing, available via TMZ, a doctor certified that Chaz had undergone gender-reassignment surgery in September 2009.

Bono told TMZ in June 2009 that his only regret regarding the transition was not doing it sooner.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Chaz Bono arrives at the Santa Monica Courthouse on May 6, 2010, to formally ask a judge to change his name and gender following his 2009 sex change surgery. Credit: David McNew / Getty Images. 

Related dispatches from the Ministry of Gossip:

Chaz Bono asks court to make new name, gender official

Chaz Bono speaks out -- happily, and in a much lower voice

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