UTRECHT, Netherlands – Emile Ratelband, a self-styled professional, thinks age is just a number. And he is the number that the Dutch changed.
The 69-year-old TV personality has asked the Dutch court to approve his request for a new birthday, which will officially be 49 years old.
Ratelband says his legal appeal is in line with other forms of personal transformation in the Netherlands and around the world that gain recognition and government recognition.
"I want this dom (free) choice, name choice, gender freedom, my age, I want to control myself," he said Thursday.
Ratelband said he wants to avoid age discrimination in society – especially on dating websites.
"I say it is not possible, for example, when I ask for a mortgage loan," he told the Associated Press. "If I go to tinder, I get a 68-year-old, a 69-year-old woman when she's there."
What about the truth and the economic way about his age?
"I do not want to lie," he said. "I want to be myself, so do not force me to lie."
Marjolein van den Brink, who specializes in human rights and sexuality issues at the University of Utrecht School of Law, said age discrimination is a problem but not gender reassignment.
"It is clear that the elderly are much less likely to get a job than younger people." But it is just one element, and it happens to you when you are 40, 45,
"Gender follows everything from birth to the grave," she said, "not only in the labor market, but in everything else."
In rare cases, even race has become more fluid.
Anthony Ekundayo Lennon in the UK The drama director seemed to be a mixed race despite being the son of a white Irish parents. He tells reporters that he thinks he is black.
He was teased by racial discrimination for his appearance and said it was easier to find non-white parts when he started his acting career. He also followed the African middle name.
Now some black artists are complaining. Because Lennon recently received paid training in a program designed to give African Americans an opportunity for an artistic career.
His case is similar to Rachel Dolezal (a white woman identified as a black woman after being charitable by a religious parent who adopted four African American adoptees). She worked at the NAACP as the trick was revealed in 2015.
Ratelband, the character of Dutch TV, says the Dutch government can help if they accept age demands. He said he would be happy to give up the monthly pension of 1,200 euros ($ 1,370) per month. He estimated that he would save about 300,000 euros ($ 343,000) over the 20 years he wanted to shave at his age.
Court in the center of Arnhem is expected to rule in about four weeks.
Ratelband, who has made a living by calling for a positive attitude towards people and businesses, denies that the age request is a publicity stunt. He claims to pursue personal positive effects.
"Now I am an old man, and I have to save money so that my children can live," said his 7-year-old father. "But when I get older again, there is hope again, and I am new again, and all future is for me again."
Contributed by Gregory Katz of London.
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