AIDS ad that caused big ruckus on CTA in 1990 appears again with no drama

What a difference 22 years makes.

Back in 1990, the CTA posted ads showing same-sex couples kissing with the caption “Kissing Doesn`t Kill: Greed and Indifference Do.” The CTA board voted to allow the ads to appear, perhaps against its better judgment, because their ad agency had warned it could be sued if they didn’t.

A Chicago City Council member sponsored a resolution condemning the ads. Meanwhile, activist for AIDS awareness were ecstatic.

That was 22 years ago.

Last month, the very same ad went up on CTA properties without a peep. The same photo appears in a Museum of Contemporary Arts show. And thankfully, there’s no angst about that.

Yes, we’ve come a long way in 22 years.

Hat tip to and photo by Victoria Elliott.

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