Emile Ratelband told a court in Arnhem in the Netherlands that he did not feel comfortable with his date of birth, and compared his wish to alter it to people who identified as transgender.
Ratelband said that due to having an official age that did not reflect his emotional state he was struggling to find both work and love. He has asked for his date of birth to be changed from 11 March 1949 to 11 March 1969.
Man, 69, applies to legally change age because he identifies as 20 years younger
When Im 69, I am limited. If Im 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different car, he said. I can take up more work. When Im on Tinder and it says Im 69, I dont get an answer. When Im 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position.
69-year-old Dutchman starts legal bid to become 20 years younger
Doctors had told him his body was that of a 45-year-old man, Ratelband argued. He described himself as a young god.
The judge conceded that the ability to change gender was a development in the law. I agree with you: a lot of years ago we thought that was impossible, he said. But he asked the applicant how his parents would feel about 20 years of Ratelbands life being wiped off the records.
Ratelband, a motivational speaker and trainer in neurolinguistic programming, said his parents were dead.
He also said he was willing to renounce his right to a pension to ensure there were no unforeseen consequences of his age change.
The public prosecutor in the court asked whether the ability to change a date of birth in the law would require health inspections in the future, to allow the state to correctly judge someones emotional age.
(CNN)Lying about your age on dating websites is usually considered a bit of a faux pas. Now a 69-year-old Dutchman wants the courts to make him officially 20 years younger, likening the change to identifying as transgender.