Friends have always been difficult for me to make. My advice would be to do things you are interested in with like minded people. Meetup groups are great to meet similar people with similar interests
Not necessarily. For you, maybe.
I've gone to many meetups - all with interests/topics that I'm passionate about. But the more people share my interests, values, and worldview, the less they want anything to do with me.
People are very discriminatory, stigmatizing, and stereotyping.
Meetups are best for people who fit in to a decent degree, whether it's looks, vibe, ethnicity, etc.
In person, people are very visual, and they judge and mis-judge from looks. People need to have some sort of visual "chemistry" with you (for lack of a better word) in order to like you, have empathy, want to be with you, etc. People are extremely judgmental, crude, and complicated creatures.