James Bailey (Nathan George) is set to find comfort and confidence in his recent reunion with dad Ed (Trevor Michael Georges) in Coronation Street when he turns the tables on a homophobe in the football locker room.
James hit rock bottom and left the squad after one of the fans hurled homophobic abuse – and with Ed unable to accept his son’s sexuality, James didn’t feel backed up.
Ed then experienced racism at the hands of bistro manager Don and it took him back to what he had been through in the past. After initially shrugging it off, Ed found the strength to stand up to Dom and put him in his place over his disgusting bigotry.
Ed’s family were proud of him but things with James remained unresolved. Ed saw that he was making his own son feel the same way as discriminatory racists made him feel and he apologised to him, telling him that he is proud of him and encouraging him to return to football – why should he have to give up on his dream due to a few close minded people?
Ray calls at the Baileys and reveals he’s sacked Don. James returns to training as Michael assures him that the family is right behind him whatever he decides.
In the changing room, one of the players makes a dig at James’s sexuality. James makes a joke out of it and the other players laugh with him and James is pleased to have made the idiot look a fool and get the support of his teammates.
Tommy Orpington assures James he did the right thing coming out and he has the full support of his team mates. James worries that the manager might not see it that way.
As he then gets a phone call to see if he has been picked for the team, will his fears prove right? Or will he be back doing what he loves?
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