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Chaz Bono asks court to make new name, gender official

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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

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