"It is really a question of free will", he told the court. You can change your gender. Therefore, Ratelband says, if he identifies himself as a man 20 years younger than he is, he should be allowed similar changes to his documents. "I feel I am about 40 to 45". "If you're 69 on Tinder, you're outdated", reasoned Ratelband, who has seven children and is now without a partner.
The 69-year-old compared his desire to be recognised as 20 years younger to transsexuals who want to be recognised as having being born in the opposite sex. "Nowhere are you so discriminated against as with your age", he said to De Telegraaf.
Currently, there is no legal mechanism to change one's birth date in Dutch courts, according to the BBC. In March 1977, he was denied permission by town officials to name his twins Rolls and Royce.
It is not the first time that Ratelband has come to the authorities with an eccentric request. Take Emile Ratelband as a prime (well not quite) example.
"This is American thinking", Ratelband claimed. Ratelband wants his legal age to be changed to 49.
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"I don't want my kids to be embarrassed by me when I take them to the school gates and I'm 85", he added.
While sympathetic, the judge in the case isn't entirely convinced, the Daily Mail reports. He says he wants to change his birthday from 11th March 1949 to 11th March 1969.
"For whom did your parents care [for] in those years?"". "Who was that little boy back then?" Ben Shapiro asked a student at Ferris State University a year ago.
More importantly, though this shitlord is purposefully utilising the language and discourse that LGBTIQ people, more specifically trans and gender-fluid individuals, use in order to describe their journey through legitimate gender dysphoria and sexual identities. When he presented his request for an age change to Arnheim officials, they asked, "Are you insane?" "You can't magically change your age".
When Ratelband announced he wanted to legally change his age, he said "thousands" of people on social media expressed their support, and that many will follow suit if the courts approve his request.