CASE TYPE: Facing exclusion because of their faith

Riley Soares

Riley is a practicing Catholic who is same-sex attracted but lives a celibate life in accordance with Catholic teaching. Riley stood for traditional marriage during the 2017 marriage campaign and was outspoken about his opposition to pro-LGBTQ policies and programs that his University College was adopting, which were contrary to Catholic teachings on sexuality. In 2019, he started a petition opposing the promotion of Pride events by the College. He faced humiliating public attack from other students for which the College provided assistance. In 2019, when he met numerous times with College staff and made an application for continued residency, Riley was strongly discouraged from returning and his application was not progressed. In the end, Riley was forced to leave the College and find alternative accommodation. He strongly believes that this is because of his public stance for the College’s Catholic heritage

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