Today I woke up and remembered that today is International Women's Day. I am not exactly the person who likes to greet and give wishes to everyone, and I am often kinda embarrassed when I have to do so "by force" (like in family reunions etc.)
So today I was really undecided on what to do, whether I have to say "Good Women's Day" or not (here it's kind of usual and a lot of people in the streets were selling traditional Italian flowers to express the sentiment).
I don't really know how it works in other countries, but when I arrived at my company, I tried to do it; and I received kind of... embarrassed answers.
I have other women in my company and I don't really know what to do. Plus I am gay so I have no hidden agenda or such (even if they don't know my sexual orientation).
Since it is the first time this is happening in a professional environment, I am confused on how to behave with the women I have still not met (usually, as coworkers, we usually greet each other like a big family).
I know that this can be a silly question, but due to my orientation and my first employment and my attitude towards celebrations, it is not a silly question to me!
EDIT: I didn't want to raise an ethical debate about this day.
I just wanted to know what women could expect from me as a male in this day in a company, since I don't know the [n]etiquette I must follow in a company or "if I should look like a gentleman" and that sort of thing. This is my first job; I have a lot of uncertainties. The fact that I am gay relates to the fact that I don't also understand certain mechanisms and i didn't wanted to look as if I were flirting, because this line always seem to blurry for me.
Women to me are people, like men. No sexism, no paranoia, nothing like that.
But it was a serious question that turned out to be an off-topic debate.
The answer has been given so there's also no more need to talk about it; even so, I wanted to say that I am really disgusted by the people who said "You are just a fag" or "You should get professional treatment for your mind" or all the other misogynistic things I have read here ("No pants day"? Really? Since when should women dress in skirts? Why couldn't a man, on the contrary?)
Talk about ethics in another Q&A or with yourself, not here, since it would be OT.