NBC Washington news anchor Meagan Fitzgerald celebrated the start of Pride Month in the best way: announcing she's engaged!
During her Sunday broadcast, Fitzgerald took a moment on-air to announce that her girlfriend Kelly Heath had popped the question at Tidal Basin in Washington D.C. While Fitzgerald has been open about her relationship on social media in the past, this announcement marked the first time she spoke about her sexuality on-air.
Before Fitzgerald announced her engagement, she said a few empowering words about Pride Month. “It’s not always easy being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender,” she said. “There’s the coming out process, finding out who you are, being comfortable in your own skin and your own truth. It takes courage to be your true, authentic self—no matter who you are. But to the boys and girls watching, to the men and women who may still be struggling, it’s worth it. Being just who you are is enough."
Fitzgerald shared that she had been on her own journey toward self-acceptance, and because she stayed true to herself, she is now a happily engaged woman!
In addition to announcing her engagement on television, she also shared the news to Instagram, posting a ring selfie with her fiancée. "Cheers to a lifetime with the love of my life and best friend," Fitzgerald wrote in the caption, showing off her emerald-cut engagement ring. "I love you so much! We’re gettin’ married!!!! It’s been a long journey but worth the wait. Thank you for the way you love me. I said YES!!"
Since the announcement, Fitzgerald has received an overwhelming amount of support on social media. In a tweet on Sunday, she shared how she was thankful for her platform since it has allowed her to share her wise words with a wider audience.
"Grateful to have this platform to not only share my special news, but a message I wish I heard when I was younger," she tweeted.
You can watch the full segment here.
Congratulations are in order for the happy couple, and perhaps more importantly, so is a thank you. Here's to hoping this is the first of many uplifting stories in honor of Pride Month!