Emile Ratelband of the Netherlands may be the first man to legally change his age. He has taken action towards suing local authorities after their initial denial.
According to the Daily Mail, Emile Ratelband is using science to back up his legal request for a name change. Doctors allegedly say that Ratelband has the body of a 45-year-old.
Ratelband hopes a document reflecting that will help in his search for love and more work. He is requesting to have his date of birth changed from March 11, 1949, to March 11. 1969.
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Ratelband, a Buddhist, further made his argument with interesting logic. He pointed at transgender people, who are able to change their sex upon a doctor's advice. Thus, he should be able to change his age with a doctor's assessment.
The Dutch guru has taken up his case in the city of Arnhem in the Gelderland province. The presiding judge sympathized with Ratelband. He referenced the ability of persons to change their gender in the modern world as compared to the past.
"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."
He also spoke about dating possibilities:
"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."
"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, who is an entrepreneur, claimed that discrimination is prevalent because of him being a pensioner. Furthermore, it would help the government as he would be forfeiting his pension with the age change.
But the courts said going along with it would be impractical. It can be compared to deleting a portion of a person's life. The judge asked:
"For whom did your parents care in those years? Who was that little boy back then?"
The court is set to release a written ruling within four weeks. It looks like the saying "age is just a number" is not enough for some people.
Meanwhile, back in America, the transgender community is still fighting for legal rights. And they are fighting none other than the President himself.
Famous transgender Caitlyn Jenner recently addressed President Donald Trump on a proposed ruling. The administration wants to stick to a person's birth sex as their legally recognized sex.
Jenner told PEOPLE the President should remember that the US military "is the single largest employer of trans people in the world."
She posted a photo on Instagram saying "Trans people won't be erased" repeatedly. The celebrity trans activist received tons of support but disabled comments due to abusive remarks.