Houston television news journalist Steven Romo delivered a double dose of pride and romance in a recent Instagram post where he came out as gay and revealed he was engaged to former Houston television meteorologist Stephen Morgan. The two TV heartthrobs both posted a pic showing off their engagement rings and the biggest of smiles!
"I grew up with secrets," the KTRK news reporter Romo wrote, touching briefly on his childhood growing up in a neglectful family of hoarders before teasing he had a much bigger secret all his own.
"But what they didn’t know, and was arguably even more difficult, was that I had a secret to carry all on my own," Romo continued. "I was gay and trying with all my heart not to be."
Telling a familiar tale for many LGBTQ+ youth, Romo wrote it took a long time for him to realize being gay wasn’t something shameful, but was instead liberation and a source of strength.
"It took me years to see—despite what people at church might’ve said—being gay saved me. It made me strong," Romo continued. "Strong enough to eventually stand next to the best human I’ve ever met and ask him to marry me."
Romo wrote how he "thought maybe this kind of love just wasn’t in the cards for me. That it was a journey I’d never take. But now I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. In my whole life. And I’ll soon be moving to New York City with the person I want to spend the rest of my life with."
Morgan, the former KRIV meteorologist, recently announced he was moving to New York City for a co-hosting job at Fox Weather.
On his own Instagram post of the same picture, Morgan wrote "I often think about one specific prayer I said as a 10-year-old, asking God to keep a 'secret' between the two of us. Obviously, God knows everything, so it wasn’t like I could hide it from Him. But I could hide it from [most] of my friends…from my family."
The happily engaged couple have nothing to hide now, although it wasn’t always this way for Romo. His father was a long-haul trucker, and often absent from home, leaving Romo’s mother, who was battling with issues of mental health, in charge. The result was a home filled with unsanitary living conditions that were less than ideal to grow up in.
"Secrets were my family’s addiction," Romo wrote previously in the Huffington Post. "No one could know the way we lived. No one could know who we really were."
The death of his mother at the early age of 43 while he was in college spurred Romo to be an activist for mental health.
For now, though, it’s all smiles for Steve and Stephen as they head to the Big Apple! Congrats, Steven and Stephen!