Pos­i­tiv­ity guru looks to change birth­day

The Beacon Herald - - WORLD NEWS -

UTRECHT, Nether­lands — Self-styled pos­i­tiv­ity guru Emile Ratel­band thinks age is just a num­ber. And his is a num­ber the Dutch­man wants changed.

The 69-year-old TV per­son­al­ity has asked a court in the Nether­lands to ap­prove his re­quest for a new birth­day that of­fi­cially would make him 49.

Ratel­band says his le­gal ap­peal is con­sis­tent with other forms of per­sonal trans­for­ma­tion that are gain­ing ac­cep­tance and govern­ment recog­ni­tion in the Nether­lands and around the world.

He said on Thurs­day: “With this free(dom) of choice, choice of name, free­ness of gen­der, I want to have my own age. I want to con­trol my­self.” The As­so­ci­ated Press

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