15/06/2016 08:05 BST | Updated 15/06/2017 06:12 BST

Orlando: Now We Must Stand Together to Prove That Hate Doesn't Win

It is with a very heavy heart that I write this today. On 12th June 2016, the world was subjected to the most violent singular attack on the LGBT+ community in recent history.

My heart goes out to the victims of this tragedy, but also to their friends, families, the LGBT+ community, and every person in this world who believes in freedom and liberty - because this was also an attack on them.

But this is not a time to dwell on the circumstances that led to this attack. It is not a time to allow a deeper divide to be driven between our communities. Mahatma Gandhi famously said, "An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind" and I completely agree.

It is now the time for us all to stand together and to support each other.

I founded OUTstanding to prove that LGBT+ could be visible, safe and successful in the workplace and am so proud of the continued commitment we all make to improving LGBT+ rights and opportunities at work.

But employees don't stop being that when they walk out of the door; we must be visible in our support at all times, in all places.

We have already seen some of the world's most influential companies publicly show their support, with moving statements from Google, JP Morgan, Aviva, Vodafone, PWC and Virgin to name a few, as well as the incredible show of solidarity displayed in the vigils that were held all around the world yesterday.

I urge you all to display your commitment to ending inequality; to visibly show the world that we WILL stand together and prove that hate DOESN'T win.