On 27 February 2016, the annual GALAS awards took place at a special event in Dublin's Mansion House at which the Irish gay community honoured lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people and organisations for their contribution to Irish society. As part of the GALAS, the International Activist of the Year Award, supported by Amnesty Ireland, Front Line Defenders, the Irish Council of Civil Liberties (ICCL), Gay Community News (GCN) and the National LGBT Federation (NXF) was presented to Honduran human rights defender Donny Reyes.
We don’t fight because we want to be martyrs, not at all, and much less do we seek to become cold statistics, we fight because of the wish to live with dignity, to have the right to live, love and be happy like any human being – we don’t ask for anything more.
Donny Reyes is the director of Asociación Arcoiris, an LGBTI organisation established in 2003. The association provides support to LGBTI persons victims of violence, works on awareness initiatives, promotes HIV prevention programs and lobbies the Honduran government to advance LGBTI's rights in the country. The members of the association have received numerous threats because of their work. Between July 2015 and January 2016, the association reported 36 security incidents and five of its members were killed. In 2009 the Inter-American Human Rights Commission (IACHR) awarded precautionary measures to Donny Reyes, but to date the Honduran authorities have not properly implemented these measures. In 2016 Donny Reyes was also elected alternate member of the National Council for the Protection of Human Rights.