After a painful divorce from an physically abusive man, I moved in with a good girlfriend, who had also been recently divorced. Two other married girlfriends would visit. Well, the short story is that they all came out of the closet that year! So three, seemingly heterosexual friends were all exploring their newfound gayness all at once. It was a bit much for me, so after the big Tina Turner concert I moved in with my boyfriend (now husband). The girls had too much testosterone for me!! But what they did do, en masse, is give me my ego back. I was so hurt, battered, and helpless after my 5 year marriage to a horrible person, that I absorbed their female energy like a sponge. Two of them are still together 20 years later.
I credit my lesbian friends for making me understand the purity of the strong and competent female spirit. I recovered quickly, and never faltered.