Corrie's Nathan Graham says it's 'important' racism and homophobia is ...

His footballer character James Bailey finally came out as gay to his dad Ed during Wednesday's emotional episode.

And Coronation Street's Nathan Graham revealed that it is 'important' for the soap to highlight both the racism and homophobia within the story line as his character will face future issues as he attempts to navigate a new period in his life.

Speaking to stand-in host Christine Lampard during Thursday's Lorraine, the actor, 29, told how 'discrimination is discrimination' as he discussed how he feels about the plot.  

Chat: Coronation Street's Nathan Graham revealed it's 'important' that the soap highlights both racism and homophobia after his character James Bailey came out as gay to his dad

Chat: Coronation Street's Nathan Graham revealed it's 'important' that the soap highlights both racism and homophobia after his character James Bailey came out as gay to his dad

On James' coming out story, he explained: 'I feel like we're approaching tackling two things, there's the racism element and the homophobia element as well. 

'James has both to deal with at the same time and to highlight both issues is really important, discrimination is discrimination whether its racism or homophobia it's in the same bracket, it's still discrimination.'

The latest episode of the saw his character James confess to his dad (Trevor Michael Georges) over breakfast that he is gay, with the builder initially talking the news well, and declaring he loves his son no matter what.

But things went downhill when James admitted that he was in a relationship with Ed's old pal Danny, with Ed's true feelings later coming out.

Highly charged moment: His footballer character James Bailey finally came out as gay to his dad Ed (Trevor Michael Georges) during Wednesday's emotional episode

Highly charged moment: His footballer character James Bailey finally came out as gay to his dad Ed (Trevor Michael Georges) during Wednesday's emotional episode

As he spoke to his wife Aggie (Lorna Laidlaw), he revealed fears that his son's revelation will affect his blossoming footballing career and suggested he hide his sexuality, leaving her disgusted.    

Meanwhile, Ed later confronted Danny and accused him of 'corrupting' his boy, leading to an ugly showdown with a stunned James.

The Weatherfield County player fumed at his dad: 'There's loads more like you out there. Queer bashers, social media and there's no way you're the only one on this street.

'Trouble is a lot of homophobes are also racist an' all so they might not want to hang out with you.'

Storyline: Speaking to stand-in host Christine Lampard during Thursday's Lorraine, the actor, 29, told how 'discrimination is discrimination' as he discussed how he feels about the plot

Storyline: Speaking to stand-in host Christine Lampard during Thursday's Lorraine, the actor, 29, told how 'discrimination is discrimination' as he discussed how he feels about the plot

Frank: 'James has both to deal with at the same time and to highlight both issues is really important, discrimination is discrimination whether its racism or homophobia'

Frank: 'James has both to deal with at the same time and to highlight both issues is really important, discrimination is discrimination whether its racism or homophobia'

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