NBC anchor kicks off Pride Month by announcing on-air that she's engaged to a woman: 'It takes courage to be your true, authentic self'

Viewers tuning into NBC4 Washington on Sunday got an extra dose of happy news.

Anchor Meagan Fitzgerald announced on-air that she’s engaged to girlfriend Kelly Heath. While Fitzgerald had mentioned Heath before on social media, she chose to speak about her relationship for the first time during a broadcast at the start of Pride Month.

“It’s not always easy being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. There’s the coming out process, finding out who you are, being comfortable in your own skin and your own truth,” Fitzgerald told the audience one day after the proposal. “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.”

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Cheers to a lifetime with the love of my life and best friend. 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!! 💍 🥂💜💚
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In Fitzgerald’s case, she almost couldn’t help herself from sharing. She knew that it could make a positive difference in the lives of her viewers.

“I just felt like it was natural. People tune in to watch every morning; they’re our family and we’re theirs,” Fitzgerald said. “And because it’s Pride month, I didn’t want to just make it about me. I want to help other people know that being different is OK.”

Fitzgerald immediately began receiving messages of congratulations on her engagement and thanks for sharing her story. She retweeted some of the kind words sent her way, as well as a thank you message to her employer for their support.

NBC reported that Fitzgerald, 33, met Heath, a 30-year-old former pro basketball player who now works in medical device sales, two years ago on Tinder.

“Meeting her was surreal,” Fitzgerald said. “I knew she was different from the beginning and — even though it sounds cliché — that she was the one … She’s a beautiful person inside and out.”

Congratulations to the happy couple!

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