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Chaz Bono granted name, gender change

May 6, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Chaz Bono is officially a man and has his new name. A judge has granted the petition for a gender and name change.Chaz was born a female to parents Sonny Bono and Cher. The 41-year-old writer, reality TV star underwent a sex change operation last year, calling it "the best decision I've ever made."

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.

"Chaz couldn't be happier," Wertz said in a statement.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.