Minneapolis hosted this week the 2023 Gay Softball World Series. It is the largest single LGBTQ+ sports event in the world and this year more than 6000 visitors attended. The event made history as the Minnesota Twins became the first Major League Baseball Team to partner with the event in its 46 year history. This year’s Gay Softball World Series included more than 225 teams and more than 4500 participants. Part of the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA), the world series was represented by 54 member cities. And as expected, Florida and specifically Wilton Manors were ablaze in Lighting Up The North. In D Division, The Pub’s RIPTIDE took first place to become National Champions. They defeated Philadelphia’s Tasty Cakes, 3rd place Seattle’s Revolution D and 4th place San Diego Peacocks along with many others from across America. Wilton Manors was not the only National Champion. In E Division, Orlando’s Liberty Baggers also took the crown followed by Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Houston. Fort Lauderdale was not finished. In The Masters C Division, Coalition Alive & Kicking was national runner up to the Palm Springs Greyhounds, With Twin Cities Swingers 3rd and Orlando Swag 4th. In the Masters D Division Fort Lauderdale’s Coalition Legends was national runner up to Atlanta Daddies, and Orlando’s OG’s was 3rd with Dallas Divas 4th. Fort Lauderdale is home to one of the world’s largest collection of LGBTQ+ sports leagues, largest number of teams, and greatest number of participants. Gay Softball’s South Florida Amateur Athletic Association is one of the largest leagues in America. It is a symbol of diversity in our LGBTQ+ community and Queer News Tonight congratulates all of our winners and participants.