Prof Melanie Judge (PhD) is a queer and feminist activist and scholar. She is adjunct associate professor in public law at the University of Cape Town, author of Blackwashing Homophobia: Violence and the Politics of Sexuality, Gender and Race (Routledge, 2018), and lead editor of To Have and to Hold: The Making of Same-Sex Marriage in South Africa (Fanele, 2008). Melanie has been integrally involved in advocacy and law reform for LGBTIQ rights in South Africa, and is a trustee of the GALA queer archives. Melanie is the recipient of the 2016 Psychology and Social Change Award, granted by the University currently known as Rhodes in recognition of her activism and scholarship on sexuality.