Pop Culture Fix: The Tampa Baes Are Bringing Lesbianism and Florida to Reality TV

Gooood mid-week, my friends! I hope you’re hanging in there if you got up in the middle of the night to watch women’s Olympic soccer! Here’s your Wednesday Pop Culture Fix!

+ Behold your new lesbian reality show: THE TAMPA BAES!

The cast of Tampa Baes: (L to R) Ali Myers, Nelly Ramirez, Shiva Pishdad, Jordan Whitley, Marissa Gialousis, Summer Mitchell, Cuppie Bragg, Brianna Murphy, Haley Grable, Melanie Posner, Olivia Mullins, Mack McKenzie

+ The Owl House understands the importance of fluid queer experiences.

+ My Queer Faves with Canada’s Drag Race winner Priyanka.

+ Fear Street co-writer Phil Graziadei is on Bloody Disgusting’s Queer Street podcast this week.

+ Here’s the first trailer for Sex Education season three.

+ Nia Holloway, who plays AJ on The Republic of Sarah, chatted with Black Girl Nerds about her new queer role.

+ Lena Waithe is making a Mary Tyler Moore documentary.

+ Doc McStuffins’ creator on gender pressure and forcing pay parity in children’s TV.

+ Billy Porter’s high school trans romance casts Eva Reign as its lead.

+ Gen Q showrunner Marja-Lewis Ryan has inked an overall deal with Showtime.

+ Never Have I Ever’s Fabiola and Aneesa on coding queer clothing.

+ How two High School Musical actors brought Disney’s first gay love song to life.

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Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her wife, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. Excited for the rise of lesbian reality tv shows but, they couldn’t find one black femme or stud in Tampa, FL?? Kinda hard to believe lol. At this point I think black LGBTQ+ representation in reality tv might come by 2050….

  2. Florida and lesbians?! Im in! I am soooo excited for this and happy to see they DO have beautiful diverse women on the cast. I have been thinking about how a show like this needs to happen FOREVER.

  3. Saddened that you didn’t call out the clear lack of diversity amongst the cast of Tampa Baes.. How many shows are there featuring [L]GBT women with NO dark-skinned cast. There is 1 ambiguous person here but even then it’s such clear colorism. Ugh.

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