Chaz Bono Petitions California Court To Legally Change Name & Gender

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    The 41-year-old writer, activist and reality-TV star, was born a girl to Sonny Bono and Cher. He filed a petition to change his name and gender last week.

    Chaz Bono is asking a judge to formally change his name and gender.

    The 41-year-old writer, activist and reality-TV star, was born a girl to Sonny Bono and Cher. He filed a petition to change his name and gender last week.

    Bono's doctor filed a declaration with the court indicating he performeda gender-change operation last year.

    Formerly called Chastity, Bono has called the gender change "the best decision I've ever made."

    The filing was first reported by celebrity Web site TMZ.com.

    A hearing on the petition is scheduled for May 6 in Santa Monica, Calif.

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