All RMS needs to do is identify as a female for a while and this'll all be forgotten.
That's actually not a bad
ploy marketing tactic.
The beard won't be a problem - even a Dr will find himself in hot water by drawing attention to a beard.
He should have gone 'gay' in the 90's, and might have gotten away with 'butch lesbian' in the later 70's (wouldn't even have required much of a wardrobe change.