At some small community events because they are in bars, attendees gather around tables which makes it hard for a visiting speaker to sit as everybody is in groups where they all know each other (especially if you’re a bit nervous and shy like me!).
If an event has been run before, the imagery of previous events is important to me. If it looks like a sea of white dudes then I don’t want to go and be uncomfortable as a lone woman.
It really sucked having to eat while standing up pregnant at a conference. I found some bean bags, but then I had trouble holding the plate. The bean bag was low and I was wearing a dress so couldn’t just sit indian style. I think that they should definitely have an alternative for people who can’t stand up for whatever reason.