Man, 69, launches legal battle to drop age by 20 years


Dutch entrepreneur Emile Ratelband is hoping he will be able to change his date of birth from 11 March 1949 to 11 March 1969 after his doctors said he had the body of someone more than 20 years younger than himself.

He argues if transgender people are legally allowed to change their sex then he should be allowed to change his age.

The self-help guru – who described himself as a “young god” – is taking action against his local authority after it refused to change his age on official documents.

Mr Ratelband told De Telegraaf: “You can change your name. You can change your gender. Why not your age? Nowhere are you so discriminated against as with your age.”

The entrepreneur said his legal age affected his employment opportunities as well as his love life.

He said: “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.”

Mr Ratelband, a media personality in his home country, said he would give up his pension if the courts ruled in his favour.

The case has gone to a court in Arnhmen, Gelderland, where it is expected to give a ruling within four weeks.

However, the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper reported that the court was sceptical of the lawsuit, saying there was no legal way to allow someone to change their date of birth.

Story originally published at SkyNews.com.


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