Wal-Mart to get rid of violent video game displays but keep guns, despite another incident

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— Wal-mart announced Friday that it would stop selling violent video games but keep selling guns. The company made the announcement the same day a man in Missouri was arrested after entering a Wal-mart store with ammo, a rifle and body armor. According to the Associated Press, the company has told employees to remove any marketing material, turn off or unplug video game consoles that show violent games and to monitor and turn off any violence depicted on screens in its electronics departments. The AP said they were also told to turn off hunting season videos in the sporting goods department where guns are sold. From the Associated Press:

“We’ve taken this action out of respect for the incidents of the past week,” said spokeswoman Tara House in an email to The Associated Press on Friday.

LGBT Chamber of Commerce to hold annual cruise on Aug. 26

CHICAGO — The LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois will have its annual boat cruise on Monday, Aug. 26. From the Facebook event:
Pre-registration is required for this event

Members: $95
Guests: $115

Get $10 off when you use the code BOATFUN19 before August 1

Join the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois for our Annual Summer Boat Cruise! 2018 featured a record-breaking 175 guests, and we hope you will be there in the number as we reach for 200 guests! Presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois, this year’s boat cruise will include a pre-networking event (arrive to the boat early), signature cocktails, games, silent auction, dinner, and the chance to build hundreds of connections.

Springfield’s Club Station House to stay open

SPRINGFIELD — The Club Station House will remain open, the bar’s owner said in a Facebook post on Friday. The Club Station House was going to have its final event this weekend as the building had been sold. However, in the post, owner Ryan Brady said that building sale was not going to go through. According to the post, the closing date had to be pushed back until one of the lead investors, who was out of the country, returned. As they had to be there for the closing, the sale could not go through.

Club Station House in Springfield to close

SPRINGFIELD — The Club Station House bar in Springfield announced on Thursday that they would be closing. Their last eventa will be on July 27 and 28. The bar made the announcement on their Facebook page. The bar said on the post that it had been open for 30 years. John Shipley was the original bar and Ryan Brady bought the bar nine years ago.

Carbondale’s only LGBTQ bar closing

CARBONDALE — The Street Bar, Carbondale’s only LGBTQ bar, is closing according to Facebook post. The closing came to wider attention after the Daily Egyptian, the student newspaper of the Southern Illinois University, reported on the Facebook post. Jodie Santana, a performer at the bar, said in the Facebook post that she had heard from the owners that the bar was closing and bookings for June were cancelled. 

A person familiar with the business said there was nothing announced but that there were positive plans on the horizon. 

Santana said on her post that a smaller bar may open up near the old bar’s location, but wasn’t sure what plans were. The Egyptian reported that the next closest LGBTQ bar is in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

United Airlines to offer non-binary booking options

CHICAGO — United Airlines announced Friday that it would offer non-binary gender booking options on all booking channels. In press release, United said that passengers could book using the title “Mx.” during booking and in a MileagePlus customer profile. Customers will also have the ability to identify themselves as M(male), F(female), U(undisclosed) or X(unspecified), corresponding with what is indicated on their passports or identification. “United is determined to lead the industry in LGBT inclusivity, and we are so proud to be the first U.S. airline to offer these inclusive booking options for our customers,” said United’s Chief Customer Officer Toby Enqvist.

Full Kit Gear to stay open after Man’s Country sale

CHICAGO — Full Kit Gear, one of Chicago’s three leather stores, said Friday that they will remain open after the Man’s Country bathhouse closes. Full Kit has had a storefront in the building in the city’s Andersonville neighborhood since it’s opening in 2015. The bathhouse will be closing after a final part on Dec. 31, 2017. From Full Kit’s announcement on Facebook:
With the announced closure of Man’s Country and the pending sale of the two buildings at 5015-5023 N Clark Street, there have been many rumors regarding the future of Full Kit Gear.