A 69-year-old man has begun a legal battle in an attempt to have his age reduced by 20 years, something he says will allow him to get more work and more women. Emile Ratelband is arguing that if transgender people can have the sex on their birth certificate changed, he should be able to change his date of birth.
Ratelband, a motivational speaker and media personality in the Netherlands, according to a report by the Daily Mail, filed a lawsuit against his local authority after he requested an age change on official documents and they refused to make the adjustment.
He claims that doctors have told him he has the body of a 45-year-old and is using that point to help justify his request.
Additionally, Ratelband asserts that since transgender can have their sex changed on their birth certificate, allowing them to align their legal gender with their identity, he should be able to update his age.
He is requesting that his date of birth be changed from March 11, 1949, to March 11, 1969.
“I have done a check-up and what does it show? My biological age is 45 years,” said Ratelband. “When I’m 69, I am limited. If I’m 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different car. I can take up more work.”
“When I’m on Tinder, and it says I’m 69, I don’t get an answer. When I’m 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position,” he continued. “Transgender people can now have their gender changed on their birth certificate, and in the same spirit there should be room for an age change.”
Ratelband also says the decision would be good for the government. At 69 years old, he is eligible for a government pension. If they allow his age change, he will renounce his pension until he reaches retirement age for the second time.
He also says that he has been subjected to age discrimination by potential employers, something that a legal age change could potentially alleviate.
The judge assigned to the case expressed sympathy for Ratelband but noted the various practical issues surrounding such a change, particularly that it could mean legally deleting a portion of people’s lives.
An official decision from the court is expected within four weeks.