Students are lined up, hoping to see their crush’s name on the long-awaited compatibility test results from a quiz they took months ago. Many of the students are excited and enthusiastic to pay a few dollars for their matchmaking results, but it’s hard for everyone to be excited when there isn’t an option to be paired with someone of their preferred gender orientation.

Every Year Dripping Springs High School offers students the chance to purchase a Valentine’s Day questionnaire which they take and it tells students what other students within the school they are most compatible with. A large complaint from the students who take this questionnaire is that it is heteronormative and does not offer a same-sex compatibility option.

“We’re not really represented in this school,” sophomore Emerald Larios said. “We’re just kind of a taboo.”

Clubs like Critical Mass are offered as a support system and safe space for LGBT students.

“I feel like the majority of non-LGBT students are open-minded, but some aren’t and that could be because of beliefs, practices, religion, or political views,” sophomore Cassie Martin said.

In 2016 alone, law enforcement agencies reported 1,218 hate crime offenses based on sexual orientation and 128 based on gender identity.

“I know for a fact that other students in the LGBT community do face some form of homophobia in some way or another, and DSHS does not do a very good job of not discriminating against these people based on their sexuality or gender,” sophomore Allie Haberman said.

According to a 2015 survey, 23% of LGBT students who had dated someone during the 12 months before the survey had experienced some form of dating harassment or bullying in the prior year.

“Many LGBT couples are afraid to show affection in public because of all of the bad things that people have heard of on the news about gay nightclubs being attacked and transgender people being murdered,” junior Preston Willis said.

“In some aspects, being in a heterosexual, cisgender relationship is the easiest way for society to accept you,” Willis said. “This just means we have to fight harder.”

Written By Tessa Stigler, Staff Writer