A transgender music teacher in an elementary school in Santa Fe, New Mexico, says she was forced from her job after parents complained that she was a drag show performer.
Late last year, Cristina Cracraft’s drag performances posted on YouTube became known and a group of parents began complaining to school officials about her.
Both the school and the school authorities refused to comment but in a December letter to Cracraft, after she was placed on leave, said they were “to investigate off and on-duty conduct that has drawn parent complaints.”
“Every teacher has a right to privacy,” Cracraft told KRQE. ‘“There’s no reason for [my students] to know. Just because there’s a reason for them not to know what I do does not necessarily make what I do wrong either.”
“I think this is a woman’s rights issue,” she said. “It’s a trans rights issue.”
Cracraft says she will continue to perform in drag shows and move out of the state and look for another teaching position.
“The story isn’t over for me, that’s for sure,” Cracraft said.
New Mexico is one of 16 states that does have legislation covering employment discrimination based on gender identity.
There is a petition calling for her to be rehired.
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