Transgender music teacher fired after complaints from parents about her drag show performances

According to Sante Fe New Mexican, a transgender music teacher was forced to quit her job after parents complained about videos of her drag performances.

Christina Cracraft, or Taffy Shalamar as she is known in drag, has been performing in drag shows for quite some time. However, the problem did not arise until last year when parents in the Santa Fe Public Schools came across online videos of Taffy performing burlesque routines. Accordingly, the parents wrote a letter to Gonzales Community School Principal Michael Lee and Vice Principal Carl Marano, according to the article.

In the letter, the parents made it clear that this was not an anti-gay or anti-transgender issue, but it was about the performance’s themselves. They were “sexually stimulating” and “pornographic, plain and simple.”

The letter also discusses Cracraft’s Facebook page and how it is public, making it easily accessible to the children.

Cracraft was put on administrative leave in mid-December, citing the need to investigate her conduct both inside and outside the classroom that has drawn complaints from parents, according to a copy of the letter provided by Cracraft to Santa Fe New Mexican.

She was placed on paid leave and has not returned to her classroom since- other than to collect her belongings. Superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez asked Cracraft to resign in February, she said.

Cracraft said that while Gutierrez, Lee and Santa Fe’s National Education Association union was supportive throughout the process, school districts should begin to lay out specific guidelines for such cases.


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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2 Responses to Transgender music teacher fired after complaints from parents about her drag show performances

  1. Bob W Cain says:

    Did the children have access to them? … and so we …. whats the point! … This world is just so fu*k up … not sure I want to play anymore!

    • Haley Behre says:

      It was unclear in the story whether or not the children ACTUALLY saw them. It just said that the parents saw her Facebook page and found the videos online.

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