A gay storyline – which might include the return of Thom Bierdz's gay character – is expected to debut this month on the CBS daytime drama The Young and the Restless.

In speaking with blogger Greg Hernandez, executive producer Raul Rauch confirmed the upcoming gay storyline but refused to divulge specifics.

Hernandez says the conversation dealt directly with the gay character played by Thom Bierdz, who is openly gay in real life. Upon lamenting about the show's lack of a gay storyline, Rauch replied: “Maybe you should keep looking at the show … July might be a good time. We won't disappoint you.”

Bierdz plays Phillip Chancellor III, a closeted gay man who faked his death to live his life openly elsewhere. The character returned last summer and came out to the family he left behind, including his son Phillip Chancellor IV, played by John Driscoll.

Driscoll told Hernandez that he was unaware of Bierdz's return but would welcome him.

“My father's coming back,” he added. “I'm happy to hear that.”

He said last year's coming out storyline was interesting because it reversed the dynamics of story.

“Most of the time, it's the son coming out to the father and in this case, it was the father coming out to the son,” Discoll said.