messy thoughts but….
your mileage may vary but i don’t really expect hockey bros to be paragons of sensitivity. my friends aren’t hockey bros by a long shot, but they take crazy bets on my dating life constantly. if i had been sneaking in and out all semester and also conveniently suddenly an oracle of knowledge on Providence, then i can guarantee you there would be some bets being taken about who exactly i’m snuggling up with. your life isn’t off-limits just because of your sexuality when it comes to gossip and bets.
also….coming out for the first time ever is A LOT different than revealing who you’ve been secretly dating all semester. LIKE SO MUCH DIFFERENT. yes, bitty is anxious about it, but not in a “they’re gonna beat me up” kind of way, in a “omg i can’t believe we’re telling people this big, important secret and putting jack’s career on the line like this” kind of way and that is a really big difference. there’s never a question that smh is going to support them, jesus christ. of course they will. probably loudly and enthusiastically. it’s always been a question of will they keep their damn mouths shut about it.
ETA: I’ve noticed this is a debate that seems to be on the age schism with older people (like me) saying that it seems pretty natural and expected, while younger people are uncomfortable with it. I just wanted to say that it’s okay if you’re uncomfortable and it’s okay if it made you anxious - most people are getting prickly not because you’re uncomfortable but because one or two people accused those taking it well of being straight and it was very inappropriate.