Emile Ratelband, a 69-year-old Dutchman, is arguing that trans people being able to legally change their gender supports his quest to legally change his age to 49.
Ratelband, a TV personality and ‘positivty guru’, has asked a Netherlands court to allow him to legally change his birthday and make him 20 years younger.
“With this freedom of choice, choice of name, freeness of gender, I want to have my own age,” Ratelband said.
“I want to control myself.
“When I ask for a mortgage, for example, they say it’s impossible.
“If I go on Tinder, then I get women from 68, 69 when women are there.”
Activists and users on social media slammed Ratelband, labelling the move a publicity stunt and an attack on the legitimacy of trans people’s identities.
“Is this Emile Ratelband dude seriously trying to make a mockery of the transgender community?” one user wrote.
“Some dude wants to lie about his age on a dating app and is comparing it to be trans. jfc [Jesus f**king Christ],” another said.
“His actions do more harm than many [people] realize. To many this is just “fun” or “a joke”. For trans people, who already have so much to deal with on a daily basis, this is their lives being ridiculed again, and again, and again,” another user said.
I’m sorry but changing your age legally so you aren’t catfishing on a dating app is NOTHING like being transgender going through the courts to get a your gender marker changed. How dare you even compare the two. We do this to be able to live authentically and happy.
— Juliet Evancho (@J_Evancho_) November 10, 2018
If you think there is ANY comparison to be drawn from a Dutch idiot trying to legally change his age and a legitimate Transgender person then you are a moron
— Ross McCafferty (@RossMcCaff) November 10, 2018
Ratelband will receive a response from the court in the coming weeks.