A Los Angeles judge approved Jenner's name and gender change petition Friday
It’s official: A judge has approved Caitlyn Jenner‘s request to legally be declared a woman.
Jenner, 65, filed for a name and gender change in the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Sept. 15.
On Friday, Jenner’s lawyers appeared in court, and a Los Angeles judge approved the request. Jenner was not present in the courtroom, based on a live stream of the proceedings hosted by TMZ.
According to court documents, Jenner formally requested to be called “Caitlyn Marie Jenner” instead of “William Bruce Jenner” in the name and gender petition.
The filing states that Jenner also requested that information necessary for the process, such as her medical history, be sealed.
Jenner said that although public support for her transition has been positive, she has received “unwelcome negative attention from private citizens,” and her motion to file portions of the petition under seal was granted.
Not all of Jenner’s family members, however, refer to the former Olympian as Caitlyn.
In addition, her kids still call Caitlyn "Dad."
Daughter Kendall Jenner, 19, recently opened up about the experience to Women’s Wear Daily: “It’s been a ride, for sure,” she said. “But I’ve known since I was a kid. He never confirmed it to me, but I’ve known for a very long time. It’s the same person. My dad says it herself sometimes, it’s kind of like mourning the loss of someone, because it is. My dad is my dad, but he’s not there physically anymore. But she lets me call her ‘Dad’ – that’s the last little piece of Dad I’ve got.”
The reality star has been embroiled in a legal battle since February, when, while still known as “Bruce,” she was involved in a car crash on the Pacific Coast Highway that killed a woman, Kim Howe. Howe’s stepchildren filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Jenner, and prosecutors may charge her with manslaughter.