A massive drive to secure funding for London’s bid to host the Gay Games in 2018 is now underway.

The next Gay Games is due to take place in the US city of Cleveland in Ohio in 2014.

However, the mission for London to pull off a successful bid and host one of the world’s biggest sporting events in six years times has already started.

Five potential host cities, Amsterdam, Limerick, Orlando and Paris are in the running alongside London to host the games.

London’s organisers say they are looking to raise £13,000 in order to cover the cost of the process, which finishes towards the end of 2013.

Earlier this summer, Olympian and Paralympian competitors of the London 2012 Olympic Games were given free entry to the 2014 event in Cleveland.

South African archer Karen Hultzer, who publicly confirmed her sexuality for the first time at London 2012, was among the first to take up the offer.

Team GB’s Paralympic sitting volleyball player Claire Harvey also announced that she would be attending, saying: “I’m a big fan of LGBT sport and have been involved here in the UK for several years.

“I’m told that the Gay Games are for everyone, and I hope that my presence will highlight the principle of inclusion that is part of the Gay Games and of LGBT sport in general”.

To get involved with the London Gay Games 2018 campaign click here.