Jonathan Harbourne (born 1968) founded the charity Sport London and established its London 2018 project - the bid to host the Gay Games in London at the Olympic Park. He sat on the steering committee for the National LGBT Sports Network (UK). Jonathan founded the London Raiders softball club, now the largest softball club in the world, soon after he moved to London in 1999, and more recently, the London Gay Bikers (motorcycle) club on Facebook. He founded the LGBT History Project (UK) in May 2011, which was archived at the British Library in October 2012.
From 2000-2003 Jonathan ran the web site Fired up for Snow which campaigned for a Gay Winter Games and attracted over 200,000 unique visitors over its lifetime, though there is still no World Gay Winter Games.
From 2000-present Jonathan volunteers for charity GMFA in their training groups and facilitated HIV intervention workshops including The Arse Class and the “Basic Skills Facilitation” Course for new facilitators. Jonathan sat on the committee for West End Cares (part of Crusaid now taken over by THT) for two years, rebranding it from West End Cares to TheatreCares (now Theatre MAD, part of The Make a Difference Trust). Jonathan was a keynote speaker at the HMRC's LGB and Trans annual conference at Biz, Whitehall in May 2010. Jonathan was a trustee of The London Chorus, and its marketing director from 2010-2012.
Jonathan was chair of BNY Mellon’s LGBT employee resource group ‘PRISM’, a member of Interbank Forum, sponsor of the BFI Flare Festival and founded TNON (the Network of Networks) LGBT Chapter.
Jonathan was awarded Resident of the Year award at the 2015 Lambeth Community Pride Awards, and Best Food Growing Project in Lambeth 2016. He is chair of Edmundsbury TRA, founder and chair of the Lambeth TRA Network and is vice-chair of the Clapham Area Housing Forum (and has a seat on Tenants Council).
Jonathan holds a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, from Open University, a Life Coach certificate, is a certified health worker, a diploma in Life Science and certificate in Social Science.
Gay Games/Outgames bid http://www.london2018.info
National LGBT Volunteers Network (work in progress) http://www.vgl.org.uk
National LGBT Sports Network http://uksportsnetwork.org.uk
London Raiders Softball Team http://www.londonraiders.co.uk
London Gay Bikers https://www.facebook.com/groups/5847431706/
Jonathan Harbourne in the news (Gay Star News) http://www.gaystarnews.com/topics/Jonathan%20Harbourne