Lady Gaga, the pop queen who performed in Rome after a huge gay rights march, has urged the governments to defend gay rights.

Today and every day we fight for freedom. We fight for justice. We beckon for compassion, understanding and above all we want full equality now, she shouted to the crowd.

I am aware that many countries and governments worldwide still restrict their citizens from reading about LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) issues and this is what means the most to me in my career. I want all of your stories to be heard by the world, she said.