Erin Parisi

In 2016, after living as a man her whole life, Parisi came out to the world as a woman. After forging through a divorce and extensive transition process, Erin was left mute for a month due to a larynx reconstruction process. During her month of silence, Parisi decided to embark on a new goal: Climbing the Seven Summits. Within the following year, Parisi climbed four of the Seven Summits and started a non-profit, TranSending7, which aims to advance transgender rights and encourage transgender people to participate in sports. Fierce and fearless, Parisi may become the first publicly transgender person to climb all Seven Summits. She hopes that her endeavors will inspire the transgender community to do the same.