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A young gay serviceman approached the singer as she was signing copies of her latest record at a Best Buy store in Manhattan in May (11), and Gaga became emotional as he thanked her for her good work.

She tells The Advocate magazine, "He was afraid that he would be discharged and that he would be judged or found out. (He said) that the fight in America against 'Don't ask, don't tell' and the fight for equality made him feel stronger and made him feel safe, and he gave me his service jacket. And we just held each other and cried...

"That was such a pure and wonderful moment that we shared, and I remember thinking, 'There's no album sale, no number one, that could compete with this moment'. That is what it's all about. What it's all about is if I can write one song that could change one person's life."