LADY Ga Ga has hailed gays as the "revolutionaries of love" and called for "full equality now" for same-sex couples around the world in a speech in front of hundreds of thousands in Rome.
The US pop diva, pictured below, criticised governments in eastern Europe and the Middle East for condemning young people to a life of isolation and discrimination and told the EuroPride rally: "We're all from the same DNA. We were just born this way."
"I stand here as a woman of the world and I ask governments, with you, worldwide to facilitate our dream of equality," said the singer, who wore a Versace dress and a green wig and later performed two of her hit singles.
"Let us be revolutionaries of love and use our very strong human powers to save lives and encourage unity around the world," she said.
Organisers estimated the size of the crowd at about 1 million people.
There were other gay rights rallies around Europe, including one in Croatia, in which several people were injured after opponents hurled stones and bottles at participants and several dozen people were arrested.
Lady Gaga's speech came after a parade through Rome where participants criticised the Vatican and Italy's government for their stance on gay rights.
Italy is one of the few European states that lacks laws against homophobic violence and has no provision for gay civil unions.
The Vatican condemns homosexuality as a "disordered" behaviour and lobbies against laws allowing more rights for gays.
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