Caitlyn Jenner Legally Changes Her Name and Gender

E! star will now be granted a new birth certificate

By Alyssa Toomey, Baker Machado Sep 25, 2015 4:42 PMTags
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Caitlyn Jenner's transition is legally official. 

E! News confirms a judge has approved the I Am Cait star's name and gender change, just over one week after the 65-year-old star submitted legal documents. Jenner, who did not appear in court, will now be granted a new birth certificate that reflects her gender and name change.

According to the documents previously filed on Sept. 15, Caitlyn requested her name be changed from William Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn Marie Jenner. She listed the reason for her name change as "to better match my identity" and signed the documents Bruce Jenner. 

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In a previous episode of I Am Cait, Jenner spoke with Drian Juarez, a representative from the Los Angeles LGBT Center, about the arduous name-changing process. 

"You have to go through the court-ordered process, which has been streamlined a bit," Juarez tells her. "Before, you had to have gender-confirmation surgery before you could change your gender marker. There was advocacy done to change that, and now you just have to have clinically appropriate treatment to change your gender marker."

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"After hearing all the struggles people go through because they don't have the proper documentation, I realized that I should be a little bit more aggressive in dealing with this issue of my identity," Caitlyn replies. "I think it's time to get that process started."


In a later episode, Jenner opened up about her name-changing ceremony and shared why she choose to have a big event surrounding her new moniker. 

"Outside right now, they are setting up for my name change. All of the girls, all of my little tribe, have told me that they never really celebrated their name change. They just kind of went through it," Caitlyn explained. "So, it's not just for me. Really, it's about all of them."

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