Thorne said he was “very proud to have an Italian-American artist of her stature” visit the Italian capital. He quoted US secretary of state Hillary Clinton as saying “human rights are gay rights and gay rights are human rights.”
The charismastic singer and gay rights activist was invited by Thorne and the local organisers of Euro Pride, which takes place each year in a different European city.
The parade venue in Rome is the ancient Circo Massimo chariot track, made famous in modern times by the epic 1959 film Ben Hur starring Charlton Heston.
Past Gay Pride parades in Rome have drawn deep criticism from the Vatican and conservative Italian politicians. In 2000, Rome's municipal government withdrew its sponsorship of the parade which that year coincided with a Vatican-declared Holy Year.
Lady Gaga’s new album “Born This Way” sold a million copies in its first week. The star is forecast to earn over 100 million dollars in 2011 and may soon outstrip supergroups like U2.