Chaz Bono is now a man in the eyes of the law.
The former Chastity Bono — the child of Cher and Sonny Bono — had his petition for a gender and name change granted Thursday (May 6) at the courthouse in Santa Monica, Calif. Bono underwent sex-change surgery last year.
]]>tells People. “This is an important step in his transition and will allow him to change a variety of his identity documents to show who he truly is.” Bono, 41, told People last year that the transition has finally let him live the way he’s always felt. “It’s hard for me to articulate how this feels — when you’ve lived your whole life in a body and having everybody relate to you as something you don’t feel,” he said at the time. “When that finally gets righted, it’s just amazing.” Follow Zap2it and Zap2itRick on Twitter and Zap2it on Facebook for the latest celeb news and buzz. Photo credits: Chastity Bono in 1998 and 2002 and Chaz Bono in May 2010/Getty Images