NEW YORK, NY (CBS SF/AP) — A feeling of safety was stripped from every gay person with last weekend’s massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

That’s the sentiment of Lea DeLaria, who plays Big Boo in the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black.”

READ MORE: Authorities: Suspect In Walnut Creek Nordstrom Smash-And-Grab Out On Bail; 2nd Suspect Appears In Court

“When you are a queer individual, as I am, and you want to go someplace where you feel safe, you go to the local bar, you go to the gay bar,” DeLaria said Thursday.

The safe feeling from such a gathering place “was stolen from every LBGT person in the world on Sunday morning,” she said.

But DeLaria is seeing something hopeful come out of the tragedy: a renewed sense across the nation of gay people as fellow human beings, as evidenced by apologies from politicians for past homophobic statements and the rush by volunteers to help victims of the shootings and their loved ones.

READ MORE: UPDATE: Oakland Police Release Photo of Suspect Vehicle in Lake Merritt Fatal Shooting

DeLaria called the response “amazing,” but added, “If we could just stop teaching people to hate, and if we could just stop selling weapons of war, we would have a much better society.”

She made her comments at the New York premiere of the fourth season of “Orange,” which went live on the Netflix website Friday.

TM and © Copyright 2016 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2016 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

MORE NEWS: COVID Vaccine and Booster Resources for Bay Area Residents