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Chaz Bono asks court to make new name, gender official

March 29, 2010 |  2:25 pm

Chaz bono  Chaz Bono, the child of Cher and Sonny Bono formerly known as Chastity, has filed for a legal change of name and gender, E! News reports

"Chaz Bono has filed a formal petition in California Superior Court to legally change his name and gender," said Kristina Wertz of the Transgender Law Center, speaking with E!

Bono's doctor has filed a declaration that a gender-change operation was performed in 2009. TMZ first reported the name change filing.

A hearing on the matter is scheduled for May 6.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Chaz Bono arrives to the 2009 Outfest opening night gala of "La Mission" at L.A.'s Orpheum Theatre on July 9, 2009. Credit: Angela Weiss / Getty Images

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