I mean, not particularly. There are a lot of people who I find much more significantly attractive then them, that I have absolutely no feelings for. When it comes to them being compelling, I can't really identify anything other than the fact that they are genuinely nice to me. However, a bunch of other people are genuinely nice to me and I don't have any feelings for them either.
Define strong friendship. They are nice to me. I trust them and they trust me. But we don't spend a whole lot of time together, not nearly as much as I do with some of my best friends.
I don't have more positive associations with them then I do most other people, and I never have in the past.
The thing that makes things go badly is my over-inflated ego gets in the way, I get mad about something small and insignificant, and I stop talking to them. Like I said above, being a prick. This doesn't always happen, sometimes I'll just stop talking to them as much and then we sort of just fade out, but usually it's my fault.
I hope that's helps any.
I hate the word homophobia. It's not a phobia. You're not scared. You're an asshole.