Transgender advocacy efforts did not begin to gain momentum, however, until the s, in the wake of the unprecedented publicity given to Christine Jorgensenwhose "sex-change" operation made her an international celebrity and brought transgender issues to widespread attention. Virgin Islands. Federal One, Inc. By the s, the politics of identity had become central to the gay movement's struggles. The second floor above the Stonewall Inn was used as a Mafia headquarters for the blackmail operation. The Libertarian Party supported gay rights from its founding in Eisenhower signs an executive order that bans homosexuals from working for the federal government, saying they are a security risk.
However, as long as LGBTQ people are stigmatized and discriminated against on the basis of their sexual and gender identities, identity politics are likely to be seen as an appropriate response.
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The society was forced to endure heavy pressure and public scrutiny during the anti-communist McCarthyism period, due to the communist leanings of some of the Society's members.