Chaz Bono asks judge to change gender

Gay rights activist Chaz Bono speaks during the Transgender Law Center 7th anniversary event in San Francisco, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

March 29, 2010 11:22:59 AM PDT
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 performed a 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 A hearing on the petition is scheduled for May 6 in Santa Monica, Calif.