Section: Culture, Race & DiscriminationQueer Phenomenology, the Disruption of Heteronormativity, and Structurally Responsive CareSearle, Jennifer BSc, BScN, RNAuthor Information School of Nursing, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Correspondence: Jennifer Searle, BSc, BScN, RN, School of Nursing, Dalhousie University, 5869 University Ave, PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H4R2, Canada ([email protected]). The author thanks Drs Megan Aston and Lisa Goldberg, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie School of Nursing, Nova Scotia Health Research Fund, Canadian Institutes of Health Research. I dedicate this to the love of my life, my tender-hearted Krista, who is at my side and in my heart forever. Advances in Nursing Science: April/June 2019 - Volume 42 - Issue 2 - p 109-122 doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000258 Buy Metrics Abstract Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) health disparities persist and reflect larger structural inequities that negatively impact the health of historically marginalized communities. By way of using queer phenomenology, the author analyzes a personal experience that was harmful to her as a lesbian patient who required emergency medical attention. Also a registered nurse, the author draws on her lived experiences to reveal heteronormativity as a prevalent, but largely unacknowledged, source of structural harms for LGBTQ patients. This aims to bring about an appreciation among nurses and other health care professionals to locate themselves within systems of privilege and oppression and gain an awareness on how they might better respond to ongoing structural harms that are disproportionately experienced by vulnerable patient populations. © 2019 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.