A farmer who lives in the town of Gay in Georgia was far from happy when he was refused a livestock transport licence.
When Gene King applied to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the licence to allow him to transport cattle interstate, computer said NO. It rejected the name as too explicit.
King told Fox5 Atlanta he queried the hold-up with the USDA, recounting: “(A worker) said it’s kicking it out saying that’s an offensive word and won’t accept your application.”
The USDA soon realised the rejection occurred because the “city contained a banned word”, under a redundancy system that prevents vandalization of the application system.
However, they couldn’t find a quick fix – other than submitting the town’s name as ‘Bay’ instead, and putting a note on the file.
King was having none of it.
He said: “And I said no, I don’t want to submit it as Bay, Georgia. I want to submit it as Gay, Georgia because that’s where I live.
“And she said do you want a number or not?
“I said ma’am. This is ridiculous. My name is Gene King. I live here in Gay, Ga. That’s G-A-Y, not B-A-Y.”
Thankfully, common sense prevailed and King was able to get his licence.
Approximately 100 people live in the rural town, named for William F Gay. Twice a year they organise a popular town festival. Once referred to as the Gay Fair, they now call it the Cotton Pickin’ Festival.
For the record, King added that he has gay friends (homosexual) outside of Gay but he no gay friends in Gay. No one remembers whether Willie Gay was gay, or just Gay.
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