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This man wants to be trans-age

A man in his late 60s has launched a legal battle to try and lower his age from 69 to 49.

Emile Ratelband is arguing that if people can legally change their gender then he should be able to legally change his age.

According to Sky News, the Dutch entrepreneur wants to change his date of birth after his doctors advised him that he has a body of a 45-year-old. He says he wants to change his birthday from 11th March 1949 to 11th March 1969.


Ratelband is using the argument if transgender people can legally change their gender then he should be able to change his age.


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.”

He has also cited that he has been on the receiving end of discrimination, particularly when it comes to employment and 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.”

The case is being heard in Arnhem, Gelderland, where it is expected to last for up to four weeks.

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