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William Bruce Jenner is a mere memory. Caitlyn Marie's time has officially come. A Los Angeles judge today approved the name and gender change for the former track star, now best known for her gender transformation and association with the Kardashian clan.
Jenner reportedly did not appear at the brief hearing, and there were no objections to the change. As of today, Caitlyn Marie Jenner can obtain a license, passport, and all official documents to reflect her new identity.
Jenner's transition from male to female was announced during a televised interview with Diane Sawyer, and her new identity debuted on the cover of Vanity Fair this year. Her fame has brought much attention to the topic of transgender rights and many see Jenner as an important symbol in the fight for gender identity equality.
But the attention has come at some cost, and Jenner's petition with the courts was redacted based on privacy concerns. She has reportedly received threats during this public transition.
The process for a court ordered name and gender change in California, where Jenner petitioned, is as follows:
After a court makes a name and gender change official, there is still a lot of paperwork to do. Some states, like California, will issue a new birth certificate if requested. Similarly, a new US Passport reflecting the changes can be obtained, but applications must be made in person.
To find out more about the specific requirements for name and gender changes in your state and to get assistance with the administrative process, talk to a lawyer. We may not all be able to keep up with Kardashians, but seeking the advice of counsel is certainly one tip to take from Caitlyn Marie Jenner.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.