Softball Teams Battle in Hurricane Showdown

Softball players from around the country are converging on South Florida this weekend for the 20th Annual Hurricane Showdown. Organized by the South Florida Amateur Athletic Assocation (SFAAA), the Hurricane Showdown comes to Mills Pond Park (2201 NW 9th Ave., Fort Lauderdale) and Brian Piccolo Park (9501 Sheridan Street, Cooper City). The games feature several different levels of ability with teams from Fort Lauderdale, New York, Boston, Nashville, Houston, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Tampa, St. Petersburg, Atlanta, the Carolinas and Orlando. The tournament was originally designed to bring softball lovers out of the cold reaches of the north to play under the warm South Florida sun. Games are held Nov. 27-30 in conjunction with Gay Days Fort Lauderdale. Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach (440 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) is serving as the event’s host hotel. For more information, visit

International — Hungarian LGBT Rights Activist Killed

The tragic death of a young Hungarian gay rights activist is raising concerns about the current state of affairs in Central Europe. Milan Rosza, 22, died from injuries he sustained after being struck by a train in Budapest. Rosza was an outspoken advocate for the LGBT, Jewish and Roma communities in Hungary, said Stuart Milk, Co-founder and President of the Harvey Milk Foundation. “He was the only visible face in Hungary,” said Milk, who had brought Rosza to the White House in 2012 to meet with U.S. Congressional leaders. Rosza’s death is still under investigation, said Milk.

National — Wells Fargo Donates $1 Million to NGLCCF

Wells Fargo contributed $1 million to the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Foundation in support of the group’s Strategic Growth and Development Institute and Supplier Innovation Center. Companies from around the globe, including South Florida LLCs, attended a two-day business incubator program last weekend in Washington, D.C. “In 1852, two forward thinking businessmen joined together to create Wells Fargo. It is that spirit of innovation that continues today with the company’s support of entrepreneurship and diversity that we see at the NGLCC Supplier Innovation Center,” said Justin Nelson, NGLCC co-founder and president.

State — Alachua Supports Marriage Equality

Alachua County is the first North Florida county to publicly support the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. The Board of County Commissioners in Alachua County – home to the University of Florida — voted to sign an amicus brief (friend of the court), drafted by a growing list of local governments seeking marriage equality in Florida. “Five Florida judges have already ruled the ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional,” said Equality Florida Public Policy Director Mallory Garner-Wells. “With every passing day, the denial of marriage equality causes irreparable harm to our families. Once again, we call on Attorney General Bondi and Governor Scott to stop the senseless appeals.”

Local — Dean Trantalis Supports the Homeless

Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Dean Trantalis is saying enough is enough in regards to the homeless issue. Trantalis, at a city workshop, spoke out against Fort Lauderdale’s anti-feeding ordinance, saying “We need to stop what is going on because it is only hurting the homeless. It’s hurting us as a city. Our community is shamed as a result of what we’ve done.” More than a dozen people have been criminally charged with feeding homeless people in Fort Lauderdale. Despite Trantalis’ plea, no other commissioner voiced approval for suspending the ordinance.