Pop singer Lady Gaga speaking at EuroPride 2011 in Rome criticized the gay rights records of governments in Eastern Europe and the Middle East

The 25-year-old Born This Way singer made her remarks on Saturday at the city's ancient Circus Maximus stadium. Afterward she performed two of her hit singles, the AFP reported.

“I stand here as a woman of the world and I ask governments, with you, worldwide to facilitate our dream of equality,” she told the crowd.

“Let us be revolutionaries of love and use our very strong human powers to save lives and encourage unity around the world,” she added. “We're all from the same DNA. We were just born this way.”

Lady Gaga spoke after an estimated one million revelers participated in a giant Gay Pride Parade through the streets of Rome. Warsaw's hosting of the event last year drew a meager crowd of 8,000.

Many in the crowd criticized Pope Benedict, a vocal opponent of marriage equality, and the government of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for their opposition to gay rights. While most Western European countries offer either civil partnerships or marriage for gay and lesbian couples, Italy offers neither.