Dutchman suing to change legal age
ARNHEM – A Dutch “positivity trainer” has launched a legal battle to change his age and boost his dating prospects.
Emile Ratelband, 69, wants to shift his birth date from March 11, 1949, to March 11, 1969, comparing the change to identifying as being transgender.
“We live in a time when you can change your name and change your gender. Why can’t I decide my own age?”
A local court in the eastern city of Arnhem is expected to rule on the case within four weeks.
However, officials were sceptical about the case, believing there was no legal mechanism allowing a person to change their birth date, local reports said.
Ratelband argued that he feels discriminated against because of his age, and that it was affecting his employment chances and his success rate on the dating app, Tinder.
He further argued that according to his doctors he has the body of a 45-year-old, and described himself as a “young god”.
Ratelband also said he would renounce his pension if he succeeded in getting his birth date switched.