Dutch court rejects claims of man who wanted to be trans-age, 20 years younger

Dec 4, 2018 by

by Brandon Showalter, Christian Post:

A Dutch court has rejected the claims of man who wanted to change his age to be 20 years younger and drew comparisons to the way some people are now legally changing their gender identification.

Emile Ratelband, the 69-year-old man from the Netherlands who wanted to lower his age by 20 years on relevant legal documents, launched a legal battle last month. He reportedly wanted to adjust his age to boost his dating prospects and avoid what he said was discrimination.

“We live in a time when you can change your name and change your gender. Why can’t I decide my own age?” Ratelband said.

His legal effort to remove 20 years from his life garnered international attention amid the rise in governments in the West that have made switching gender markers on passports, driver’s licenses, and birth certificates relatively easy.

[…]  Ratelband insisted that his trans-age identity is as valid as that of a person who identifies with the opposite sex.

“I say it’s comparable because it has to do with my feeling, with respect about who I think … I am, my identity,” he said.

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