“The Last Excursion” by Jess Wells, Saints & Sinners 2010: New Fiction from the Festival (Queer Mojo).

This story is a treatise on fatherhood. The main character has had ample opportunity to be a father to a bevy of children, some biologically his, some related to him by marriage alone, and he’s managed to fail on every count. At the urging of his oldest daughter all the siblings (full, half, step) have come together to surprise him on his birthday, only to be disappointed by him once again. The LGBT connection is made because one of the children is gay, and his troubled relationships with his stepfather (the protagonist), and also with his biological father have colored how he views himself and guided his conduct. An enjoyable, intriguing story.