Chaz BonoIt's official: Following gender-reassignment surgery last year, Chaz Bono is legally a man. A Santa Monica judge on Thursday granted Bono's request to change his name from Chastity to Chaz and to switch his gender identification to male.

Bono was represented in court by attorney Kristina Wertz of the Transgender Law Center, who said her client "couldn't be happier."

"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," Wertz said in a statement following the court visit.