Remember, mastodon isn't one thing.
There's furry mastodon, trans mastodon, leftist mastodon, open source mastodon, free speech mastodon, and even nazi mastodon.
What brings us all to this amorphous and vague "place" is a desire to have our own social networks where we set our own rules and define the lines of what's acceptable.
I've visited other areas, more tech oriented places, looking for a home for my professional persona... And they're so different. Lots more "techbros" discussing open source and free speech. Also lots and lots of porn.
What part of the fediverse we see is our choice, collectively, as a community.
Beach City is our private beach-side sanctuary for close friends and awesome folks. We are various flavors of trans, queer, non-binary, polyamorous, disabled, furry, etc.