The Gallus of Catterick
The Gallus of Catterick is a local trans history project undertaken by Luna Morgana as part of Gossip Grrrl and culminated in a zine, featuring artwork from China, Erika Lara Leaman and Sal Harris.
The zine is about the remains of an ancient trans woman dug up near a roman fort in Catterick. It is thought she was a priestess of the cult of Cybele and the zine details what this would have meant.
There is very little record of this, and even less written by trans people. The aim of the zine was to have trans history recounted by a trans person. The text and artwork and the physical zines have all been made by trans femmes and trans women to mirror that this was a cult of trans women and trans femmes.
50% of the money from the zine is also given to Non-Binary Leeds solidarity fund, which is a local fund to help non-binary, trans and gender non-conforming people in need, as this is in keeping with the way the Galli lived.
You can place an order for the printed zine by clicking the button below:
A PDF version of the zine is available from the button below:
If you download the PDF version of the zine please do consider making a donation to the Non-Binary Leeds solidarity fund here:
I really loved this. A piece of Yorkshire trans history I was completely unaware of and the comparisons with modern day trans communities are fascinating - Olivia Thomas, Leeds Queer Film Festival
This zine is such a labour of love: love for trans people, love for the North, love for our histories and our communities. Instead of reading the six hundredth hot cis take this month on how trans people are a new invention, read this. Look what we can do when we get to tell our own stories! - Dr Kit Heyam, Trans Historian