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Gaga Lights Up Gay Rally in Rome

Singer tells Europride she's a 'child of diversity'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2011 1:05 PM CDT

(Newser) – 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."

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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.)

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