Man Sues To Lower His Age, Citing Gender-Changing Laws

Frederick Owens
November 9, 2018

"When I'm 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position", Ratelband theorizes.

However, while he's not had any luck on Tinder, it's not clear if he's attempted using dating apps designed specifically for older users. When I'm 69, I am limited.

The Dutchman also said he doesn't want to lie about his age on Tinder when trying to meet women and officially having it reduced by 20 years would solve this problem.

He said he wants to avoid age discrimination in society - especially on dating websites.

Self-styled positivity guru Emile Ratelband has asked the court in the Netherlands to approve his request for a new birthdate to make him 49, because he thinks age is just a number.

Emile Ratelband filed a lawsuit against the Netherlands government in an attempt to change the birthdate on his passport from March 11, 1949, to March 11, 1969, the Dutch publication De Telegraaf reported. "So I thought we also have to do this with age", Ratelband told in a phone interview Thursday.

He complains that companies are reluctant to hire someone the age of a pensioner as a consultant.

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He says his doctor told him his biological age was closer to 40 to 42 years old because he has lived a "fairly healthy" life the past 40 years - no smoking or drugs, including caffeine, and regularly playing sports. He said he would be happy to forfeit his monthly pension of around 1,200 euros ($1,879) - a concession he estimates would save almost 300,000 euros ($469,859) over the 20 years he wants shaved off his age.

"Whereas gender is something that follows you from birth to grave, " she said.

Ratelband, who has referred to himself as a "young god", has taken the matter to court in the city of Arnhem and is expected to get a ruling on the case in the next four weeks.

Transgender people across the world have fought long legal battles for the right to change their birth certificates to match their gender identity. "I can take up more work", he said.

The motivational speaker, a well-known media personality in Holland, is suing his local authority after they refused his application to amend his age.

At first, he said, the judges "laughed like little girls".

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