Toni Morrison has died.
The Nobel laureate — whose novels Beloved, Song of Solomon, and The Bluest Eye explored race in America — passed Monday in the Bronx at age 88.
Morrison was a towering figure in the literary community. She wrote 11 novels in her lifetime, and her honors included the Nobel Prize in Literature, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Her work often centered on a Black female protagonist and featured predominantly African-American characters — a revolutionary point of view within her literary generation. In her writing and interviews, Morrison spoke truth to power, laying bare the impact of oppression and racism, as well as the power of words to fight them.
In the wake of the news of her death, members of the LGBTQ community took to social media to share some of these words of wisdom and Morrison's impact on their own lives. Take a look at some of the remembrances below.