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Tampa Baes: Amazon Studios Announce Sapphic Reality TV Show

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Move over, Love Island! Amazon have announced their new, unscripted lesbian reality TV show. Tampa Baes follows a group of young lesbians as they explore the “ever-growing gay hotspot on the Florida shoreline.” The show is about friendship, romance, and Florida’s lively lesbian community.

“With all eyes on these fun-loving women at this pivotal moment in their personal and professional lives, there’s not a challenge or hot-button issue they won’t tackle, even if it means getting real with each other.”

There will be eight episodes of Tampa Baes, premiering in the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, India, Ireland and New Zealand this fall. “Always ready for an adventure or a good party, this group of loyal friends — and sometimes more than friends — is ambitious and unapologetic while constantly battling stereotypes and labels.”

However, questions have already been raised about which lesbians Tampa Baes will feature. Amazon’s announcement described the show as being about “the young lesbian ‘it-crowd’ navigating and celebrating life in Tampa Bay — Florida’s LGBTQ+ hub and the place to see and be seen.” But, while press materials claim the Tampa Baes cast are twelve women from a diverse range of backgrounds, the show has already been criticized for its lack of butch and dark-skinned lesbians.

Vernon Sanders, Co-Head of Television at Amazon Studios, is confident that Tampa Baes provides positive lesbian representation: “This series is fun and celebratory. In a world where there’s a dearth of content centering dynamic lesbian women, Amazon Studios is excited to bring this vibrant look at these women’s lives and give the world a real entry point to undoubtedly know and love them.”

Melissa Bidwell, Executive Producer, said that “Working on this show has been an incredible experience, and as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I’m thrilled this type of series can exist in the premium streaming space.

“The cast is truly dynamic, refreshing and unlike any I’ve worked with — they certainly won’t disappoint! Viewers everywhere will be able to relate to them in one way or another.”

The Tampa Baes include Ali Myers, Nelly Ramirez, Shiva Pishdad, Jordan Whitley, Marissa Gialousis, Summer Mitchell, Cuppie Bragg, Brianna Murphy, Haley Grable, Melanie Posner, Olivia Mullins and Mack McKenzie.

Tampa Baes will be available to stream on Prime Video this fall

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