What I say to the friend I recently 'came out' to: "I was sort of interested in a girl I saw the other day. I actually had a desire to ask her out."
What the mormon, heterosexual friend hears: "I found her attractive the same way I find guys attractive."
The truth: I can tell she's attractive, but I'm not drawn to her the way I'm drawn to a nice-seeming, attractive guy. I don't feel the same drive to get close to her that I do sometimes with guys. I almost never feel it the same way with girls. And I say "almost" only because I generally avoid absolutes, but I can't think of the last time I felt the way towards any girl that I have felt towards several guys I've been attracted to. It's just different. I did, however, want to get to know her and see if some of that drive would develop along with the emotional/mental connection.
We all interpret what we hear and fill in gaps according to our frames of reference, and it can be frustrating when those closest to you have been hearing, for years, according to their paradigm, into which you don't fit. I was reminded today that I need to be very clear and help people understand what has become commonplace in my world: that something as simple as the word 'attracted' has, until recently, not meant to me what it meant to other people.