UTRECHT, Netherlands – Self-governing guru positivity Emile Ratelband believes that age is only a lot. And his number is what the Dutchman wants to change.
The 69-year-old television personality asked the court in the Netherlands to approve his application for a new birthday, officially made 49.
Ratelband says his legal complaint is in line with other forms of personal transformation, which are gaining acceptance and recognition of the government in the Netherlands and elsewhere around the world.
"With this free (home) choice, the choice of a name, I want to have sex, I want to have my age. I want to be supervised myself," he said on Thursday.
Ratelband says he wants to avoid age discrimination in society – especially on dating sites.
"So when I ask for a mortgage, for example, they say it's impossible," The Associated Press said. "If I go to Tinder, then I get women from 68, 69 when women are there."
What would be only if it was economical with the truth about his age?
"I do not want to lie," he said. "I want to be alone, so I do not force me to lie."
Marjolein van den Brink, who specializes in issues relating to human rights and gender equality at the Utrecht Law School, says age discrimination is a problem, but differs from gender reassignment issues.
"It's pretty clear that older people have much lower job opportunities than younger people," she said. "But this is just one element and this is just something that happens to you when you reach the age of 40, 45, 50, depending on the work on your work.
"Because gender is the one who follows you from birth to grave and defines almost everything – and not just in the labor market, but everywhere," she said.
In rare cases, the game has become more fluid.
In the UK, theater director Anthony Ekundayo Lennon has drawn attention in part because, although he is the son of White Irish parents, he looks like a mixed man. He also wrote to reporters that he thinks he is fine.
He says that because of his youth, he was racially abused as a teenager, and when he began to work in a career, he was more likely to pursue non-white parts. He also took the African middle name.
Now some black artists are complaining that Lennon has recently been paid for a trainee in a program that has allowed these people more opportunities for a career in art.
His example resembles the way Rachel Dolezal, a whitesmith in the United States, who was identified as black after being raised by religious parents who received four black children. She worked for NAACP when abuse was discovered in 2015.
Ratelband, a Dutch TV person, says that the Dutch government could benefit if it accepted his age-old demand. He said he would be happy to lose a monthly pension of about 1,200 euros (1370 euros) – the concession he estimates would save nearly 300,000 euros ($ 343,000) in 20 years he wants to shave from his age.
The court in the central city of Arnhem should decide within four weeks.
Ratelband, which seeks to make people and businesses a positive one, denies that age demands advertising. He claims to be looking for a personal positive effect.
"Now I am an old man. I have to save my money so that I can give my children a chance to live," said the father of the seven. "But if I have this age again, I have hope again. I'm new again. The whole future is still for me. "
Gregory Katz in London contributed.
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