Events page filterBy only future events -> todays event already in the past

Title says it!

<?php foreach($pages->listed() as $item):
  $events = $item->children()->filterBy('date', '>', $date)->listed()->sortBy(function ($item) {
    return $item->date()->toDate();
  }, 'asc');
  if ($events->count() > 0):
    html($event->date()->toDate('%d')) ?>

The script is working and I can sort out all events to an archive by just flipping the > symbol.
I wonder if there is an equivalent function, because if there would be an event today it will be archived already.


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