Bonnie Hart

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Bonnie Hart
Known forIntersex human rights activist and president of Intersex Peer Support Australia

Bonnie Hart is an Australian artist, film maker, and intersex human rights activist, born with androgen insensitivity syndrome and president of Intersex Peer Support Australia. Hart performs nationally and internationally, and speaks on intersex issues nationally and internationally. In 2016, Australia's Gay News Network included her in their "25 LGBTI people to watch in 2017".[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Hart describes how she was told she experienced "heteronormative sexual training from a really early age", through multiple intersex medical interventions. Despite giving consent as a child, she felt unaware of the lifelong implications.[3] Hart describes how stigma "sets the scene" for such interventions, "There’s a fear that people will be maladjusted because their bodies are different, and that fear teamed with the ignorance of the realities of what it’s like to live as an adult with those bodies without surgery, kind of perpetuates a surgical intervention process".[1] Growing up, Hart did not know that her sister, Phoebe Hart, also had androgen insensitivity syndrome.[4]


Hart is a "high-energy avant-garde performer" and multidisciplinary artist, assembling digital and analog filmmaking, music, and visual art.[5] She is a cofounder of Venting Gallery and the Foundation for Contemporary Music and Culture[6] in Brisbane, Queensland, and performs with bands including X-wave and the Unaustralians.[5][7] In the autobiographical documentary Orchids, My Intersex Adventure, Hart and her sister face the traumatic emotional scars from early operations and the secrecy associated with them.[8][9]


Hart is president of Intersex Peer Support Australia.[10] She has appeared in numerous short videos, including for QLife and the National LGBTI Health Alliance,[11] and SBS.[12][13] and is widely interviewed,[3][14][15] including on national television.[16][12]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Jones, Tiffany; Hart, Bonnie; Carpenter, Morgan; Ansara, Gavi; Leonard, William; Lucke, Jayne (2016). Intersex: Stories and Statistics from Australia (PDF). Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers. ISBN 978-1-78374-208-0. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 September 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016.


In 2016, Australia's Gay News Network included Hart in their "LGBTI people to watch in 2017".[1]


  1. ^ a b c Domingo, Reg (9 December 2016). "25 LGBTI people to watch in 2017". Gay News Network. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Intersex inclusion in the 2014 Sydney Mardi Gras Parade". Organisation Intersex International Australia. 3 March 2014.
  3. ^ a b Copland, Simon (15 December 2016). "The medical community's approach to intersex people is still primarily focused on 'normalising' surgeries". SBS. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  4. ^ Graham, Liz (2 February 2012). "I'm proud to be a hermaphrodite". body+soul.
  5. ^ a b "Bonnie Hart Bio". Venting Gallery. Archived from the original on 31 January 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
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  7. ^ "The Audio Pollen Social Club @ 199 Boundary Street, West End, Brisbane, 10.02.13". Collapse Board. 26 February 2013.
  8. ^ "First Hand Films 'Interview with Phoebe Hart". ATOM Awards. Melbourne, Australia. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
  9. ^ "Film Synopsis". Orchids, My Intersex Adventure. 3 October 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
  10. ^ "What's new with the AISSG Australia?". Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group Australia.
  11. ^ "Bonnie Hart talks about intersex". Organisation Intersex International Australia. 27 May 2015.
  12. ^ a b Chaleyer, Rani (10 March 2015). "Intersex: the I in LGBTI". SBS The Feed.
  13. ^ Carpenter, Morgan (16 March 2015). "Comment: 'Curing' intersex is damaging and common". SBS The Feed.
  14. ^ Busby, Cec (28 October 2013). "Intersex advocates address findings of Senate Committee into involuntary sterilisation". Gay News Network. Archived from the original on 15 January 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  15. ^ "Senate Committee wants end to intersex sterilisation". Star Observer. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  16. ^ Skinner, Anthea (24 June 2011). "Intersex conditions; a social paradox". Australian Broadcasting Corporation Ramp Up.

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