Date of Graduation

Spring 5-18-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Migration Studies


College of Arts and Sciences


Migration Studies

First Advisor

Luis Enrique Bazan


The aim of this study is to validate that LGBTQIA+ migrants experience the Ulysses Syndrome, also referred to as the Immigrant Syndrome of Chronic and Multiple Stress, which was developed in 2002 by Psychiatrist and Professor of the University of Barcelona, Dr. Joseba Achotegui. This is an impermanent and complex grieving process which exposes one to symptoms such as depression, anxiety and dissociative somatic symptoms which result from extreme levels of stress from the processes of modern migration. This syndrome manifests as a natural reaction to intense migratory pressures for those who are otherwise healthy.

Furthermore, this project highlights how queer migrants find communal healing through the power of community-based organizing in San Francisco, California. I center on community-based organizing because of the impact of healing through collective action and empowerment. Working with other queer migrants who are living similar realities, the staff members in my study demonstrate how serving this population helps them process their own unique, migratory grief. The shared experiences within these communities creates solidarity, providing a vital support network for those navigating the nuances of migration and the fluidity of being queer. Additionally, by centering their advocacy efforts on the needs of queer migrants, these organizations challenge systemic barriers and work towards creating more inclusive spaces for all marginalized, LGBTQIA+ communities.