Chaz Bono, Good Morning America

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What's in a name? Plenty. Just ask Chastity Chaz Bono.

Roughly a year after beginning the process of gender reassignment, Cher's oldest child with Sonny Bono has made a move to change his name to more accurately reflect who he is becoming—or, in his words, who he's always been.

"Chaz Bono has filed a formal petition in California Superior Court to legally change his name and gender," the Transgender Law Center's Kristina Wertz told E! News. "He is legally changing his name from Chastity to Chaz as part of his gender transition."

The 40-year-old Bono has been open about his ongoing process, telling Good Morning America last fall that, "gender is between your ears, not between your legs. I've felt male as far back as I can remember. As a child it was really clear. I felt like a boy."

Fingers crossed, he'll soon be named like one. A hearing on the request is set for May 6.


Cher and Chaz are keeping a low profile at the moment, but check out which Famous Families have been making the rounds.

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