Christina Cracraft was forced to resign her job as a teacher for the Santa Fe, New Mexico School District after it became known that she was a burlesque dancer. Christina, originally born a man, has undergone all the necessary surgeries to become a woman. However, Cracraft did not start teaching as a woman, she began teaching as a man. She said that the school was very supportive of her change and ongoing process of changing genders. This however, was not the cause of her forced resignation from the school district, it was the fact that she was a brulesque dancer for drag shows throughout the area. Cracraft goes by the stage name Tabby Shalamar and it a big headliner for various drag competitions throughout the area. The issue arose when a student told his parents that he had seen his teacher on youtube performing a strip tease. The concerned parents brought this issue to the school board and the school board put Cracraft on administrative leave until they could figure out how they were going to handle the situation. After Cracraft was forced to resign, she brought a lawsuit against Santa Fe School Board. The two parties settled the case outside of court for an undisclosed figure.
The issue here seems to be to what extent are people entitled certain rights of privacy. While the issue of Cracraft’s gender change was well known throughout the school, and was supported by the school the cause for her dismissal was due to the fact that she was a brulesque dancer. The issue of privacy is a huge issue in current times and for all people, however, what fails to be adequately defined is what rights to privacy are employees entitled to.