Tom Ballard on growing up gay in Warrnambool and his hopes for marriage equality

By Tom Ballard
Updated September 22 2017 - 5:59am, first published 4:30am
Comedian Tom Ballard.

I loved growing up in Warrnambool. Sure, I’ve made my fair share of jokes about the occasionally-less-than-exhilarating experience of being a 16-year-old with delusions of grandeur living three-and-a-half hours away from the Big City, but ultimately I know how lucky I am to call this place home. A safe and friendly community, natural beauty, long summers by the beach, playing tennis with my dad at Supergrasse, prancing around onstage with Holiday Actors, the Jamo school uniform – these things are fundamental parts of me. They're in my DNA. For that, I’m very grateful.   

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