I fixed the sort_date field to be yyyy-mm-dd and re-uploaded and replaced the entire database.
I then put in your code to the SQL statement of the recordset rsEvents:
SELECT * FROM events
WHERE DATE_FORMAT(sort_date, "%Y-%m-%d") >= Date_Format(Now(), "%Y-%m-%d")
When I click test, it shows it correctly. When I upload the page, it is completely blank.