Man Sues To Lower His Age, Citing Gender-Changing Laws


Another motivation for changing his age is the fact that the father of seven has another two children on the way, both by surrogates.

He also compared his desire to legally change his age to that of transgender people seeking to change their birth certificates. My biological age is 45.

He said he is discriminated against because of his age, and that he encounters problems in society on a daily basis.

Furthermore, he argued that doctors have assessed that he has the body of a 45-year-old.

He said on Thursday: "With this free (dom) of choice, choice of name, freeness of gender, I want to have my own age".

After local authorities refused to amend his date of birth on official documents, the self-proclaimed "young God" has taken his case to court to toy with time and change his birth year from 1949 to 1969. "If I'm 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different vehicle", he said, according to a translation by The Guardian.

"I'm so convinced of myself and my reasons are well thought out", he said.

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The judge said he sympathized with Rathelband - a neurolinguistic programming trainer who converted to Buddhism earlier this year - considering that changing one's gender was unthinkable in the past, according to the outlet.

"I feel much younger than my real age", he added, "as do a lot of people".

"Who were your parents looking after then? Who was that little boy back then?", the judge asked rhetorically, according to The Telegraph.

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

Emile Ratelband, a media personality and motivational speaker, finds his actual age of 69 very limiting and has filed a lawsuit to have it legally lowered by twenty years.

And he says his move would also be good news for the government as he would be renouncing his pension until he reaches retirement age again. "When I'm 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position", he said.