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Chicago’s ‘Healthy Gays’ HIV Ads Defaced

“The ads were meant to tell Chicago that health issues for gay men are about more than HIV and AIDS. Gay men practice yoga, swim and meditate, too. But someone removed or taped over three key words in the ads on the back of CTA buses: Gay, sexy and healthy.
‘Clearly the words gay, sexy and healthy were provocative to some people,” said Jim Pickett, director of advocacy for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. The posters show men doing yoga, meditating and swimming. They include the question: How are you healthy? And they also include the words gay, sexy and healthy. [...] ‘We are not going to tolerate someone defacing ads and leaving them up,’ CTA spokeswoman Noelle Gaffney said. The vendor ‘and CTA have been told to be on the alert.’ Noting how quickly the ads were replaced, Pickett said the gay community has suffered worse indignities. Still, the vandalism was a reminder of the everyday hostility the gay community faces, he said.” [Chi Sun-Times]

By:           editor editor
On:           Apr 2, 2009
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  • 11 Comments
    • Chitown Kev
      Chitown Kev

      I wonder which buses or bus routes these ad were defaced on, though.

      Apr 2, 2009 at 10:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Harrison
      Harrison

      pics or it didn’t happen

      Apr 2, 2009 at 12:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • osocubano
      osocubano

      Did anyone really expect that they would be left alone?

      Apr 2, 2009 at 12:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • james ii
      james ii

      where was peter labarbera???

      this didn’t seem to be some spur of the moment vandalism, since the words were cut out. seems the posters were targeted. you know, a lot of our buses have security cameras. wonder if they caught whomever it was, in the act.

      Apr 2, 2009 at 12:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jim Pickett
      Jim Pickett

      Hi there —-

      We have a pic taken yesterday on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.

      I am one of the ad’s creators, and saw three defaced ads myself last Friday, but as the buses were in traffic and moving, I was unable to get pics. Luckily, we had someone take a pic from their car yesterday.

      Here is a link to a post on LifeLube with the pic:

      http://lifelube.blogspot.com/2009/04/evidence-pic-of-defaced-how-are-you.html

      Apr 2, 2009 at 3:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tyler
      Tyler

      Have you ever been on the CTA? I think it’s a clearer reminder of the stupidity of thirteen-year old boys who Twombly-up any ad they can get their greasy little Sharpies onto.

      Apr 2, 2009 at 3:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Attmay
      Attmay

      Let’s get even. If you see one of those “Marriage=Man+Woman” bumper stickers, apply a few layers of duct tape, glue, and paint to conceal it and make it difficult to remove that.

      Apr 2, 2009 at 3:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jim Pickett
      Jim Pickett

      The interesting thing about these defacements is how neatly they have been done. Red tape over just words “gay, sexy, healthy” on an ad with a red background. I saw a few where those words were expertly cut out, as with an exacto knife. Seems a little weird that average people are on the street with red tape and exacto knives in their bag, and that they are doing this type of vandalism in the open.

      Apr 2, 2009 at 3:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chitown Kev
      Chitown Kev

      @Tyler:

      Now, they deface movie ads on the -els and the platforms all the time. Coloring in bright white shining teeth with ink and stuff like that. So for these ads to be defaced is nothing unusual at all. Still, they could very well be targeting these ads. Just not that much info to go on.

      Apr 2, 2009 at 4:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jim Pickett
      Jim Pickett

      I think the fact that the MO is the same – just removing the words “gay sexy healthy” and doing so in a very careful way – with matching colored tape, with an exacto knife —- not exactly like a typical sharpie warrior…

      Apr 2, 2009 at 5:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Alec
      Alec

      I think it is hard to decide which is more important: This story or the Corrgan/Lucas spat.

      Apr 2, 2009 at 6:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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