Shrek, the Unacknowledged Hero of Queer Youth, 20 Years Later

Shrek debuted on April 22, 2001 to a country in the grips of conservatism, especially towards LGBTQ+ people. In this kind of environment, it’s easy to see why children’s media wasn’t rushing over each other to create the first Love, Simon, so the queer youth of the day had to latch on to any representation they could find.