Emile Ratelband 69 says he identifies as a 45-year-old
09 November, 2018, 07:07
A 69-year-old man is using the government's acceptance of gender reassignment in his bid to have his birthdate legally changed so he can appear 20 years younger on Tinder.
He has gone to court in hopes of getting a court to change his birth certificate to say he was born on March 11, 1969 instead of his actual date of birth, March 11, 1949.
"I don't want to lie", he said.
The self-proclaimed positivity guru argued that he feels 20 years younger, and compared the age difference to being transgender, despite the concept being completely different from biological genders. The trainer and life coach - and baker and political provocateur in past lives - said potential clients ask him if he can "speak the language of young people" when he tells them his age. "So I thought we also have to do this with age", Ratelband told CTVNews.ca in a phone interview Thursday.
The judge acknowledged Ratelband's argument, noting that the law does allow people to change their gender.
"I feel much younger than my real age", he added, "as do a lot of people".
The Post also describes Ratelband as a former "political provocateur" who once tried and failed to name two of his kids Rolls and Royce.
He says he noticed that most of the unemployed people in his town were over 50 years old and claims that citizens older than 60 years rarely get mortgages.
Whatever his motives, Ratelband has devoted substantial effort to convincing the authorities he's serious.
Such is the sexagenarian's belief in his cause, that he said he is willing to take it to the highest courts in Europe. "Nowhere are you so discriminated against as with your age", he said.
"This is American thinking", he said. But I don't want to lie. "I agree with you: a lot of years ago we thought that was impossible", he said. "Trump is the first one who is honest".
He said: "For whom did your parents care in those years? Who was that little boy then?" the judge asked.
According to the newspaper, the court is skeptical about Ratelband's case as there is no legal precedent in this area.
"If you don't like your name, you can change your name. You can't magically change your age".
In turn, Mr Ratelband sued them, bringing the case to a court in the city of Arnhmen, in the eastern Dutch province of Gelderland.