A gay-rights rally went a little gaga for Lady Gaga last night as the singer took the stage in a turquoise wig at Rome's ancient Circus Maximus, sang a few bars of "Born This Way," and advocated tolerance. The singer told the crowd she's often asked, "How gay are you, Lady Gaga?" "My answer is: 'I am a child of diversity,'" said Gaga, adding, "I am so honored to be here."
The appearance was notable, notes the AP, in that it took place in the backyard of both the Vatican, which opposes gay-rights legislation, and Silvio Berlusconi, who last year publicly said it's "better to be passionate about a beautiful girl than a gay." Gaga was invited by organizers, including the US ambassador, who hoped she would draw attention to discrimination. (Read more Lady Gaga stories.)