Lauren Drain

Lauren Drain
Born Lauren Danielle Drain
(1985-12-31) December 31, 1985[1]
Tampa, Florida, United States
Residence Connecticut
Other names Lauren Kagan
Education B.S., Nursing (Washburn University, 2007)
Occupation Author, Nurse, Fitness Model
Spouse(s) David Kagan (m. 2013) [2]

Lauren Danielle Drain (born December 31, 1985) is an American nurse, fitness model and author known for writing the 2013 book Banished, which chronicles her experiences and eventual banishment from the controversial Westboro Baptist Church.[3]

Early life

Drain was born in Tampa, Florida and lived in nearby Bradenton until age five, when she moved to Olathe, Kansas as her father, Steve, enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Kansas.[4]

Steve Drain first came into contact with Westboro while working on a documentary critical of the church. He eventually became a fervent convert, and his entire family followed him into the church.[5] Lauren Drain was a member from 2001 until 2008, when she was excommunicated for questioning church doctrine.[6][7] Her parents, two sisters, and brother are still members of the church, and have cut all ties with her.[8]

Drain graduated from Topeka West High School in Topeka, Kansas and earned a Wiseman Scholarship to Washburn University.[9]


Drain graduated from Washburn University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.[10] Drain has been married to David Kagan since August 2013 and lives in Connecticut. She currently works as a cardiac nurse.[6][11]

Drain joined NOH8 Campaign in 2013.[12]

Drain wrote a book titled Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church, co-authored with Lisa Pulitzer which describes her experiences in the Westboro Baptist Church and her ultimate expulsion from the church.[13] It has been on the New York Best Sellers list in the eBook category as of March 30, 2013.[14]

Drain is a fitness model, using Instagram to show her fitness routines and strength progress.[15]

See also


  1. Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church
  2. JERREAT, JESSICA (2 September 2013). "'I never thought I'd see them again': The moment woman who escaped Westboro Baptist Church was walked down the aisle by fellow escapees after her own family refused to attend wedding". DailyMail Online. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  3. "Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church by Lauren Drain - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists". Retrieved 2013-04-18.
  4. Banished, first page in chapter 1 and another page: "Mom and Dad found us a house to rent in Bradenton"
  5. Sessions, David (2013-03-05). "'Banished' Lauren Drain on Growing Up in the Westboro Baptist Church". The Daily Beast.
  6. 1 2 Brydum, Sunnivie (2013-03-14). "Escaping Westboro: Former Church Member Lauren Drain Reveals What Made Her Change". Retrieved 2013-04-18.
  7. "Lauren Drain". Lauren Drain. Retrieved 2013-04-18.
  8. Hayes, Liz. "Pure Hate". ninemsn. 60 Minutes. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  9. "Washburn 2003-04 scholarship winners". Topeka Capital-Journal. March 12, 2003. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  10. "Class of 2007: Washburn University". Topeka Capital-Journal. May 21, 2007. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  11. Kraus, Susan (March 18, 2013). "Book review: Banished by Phelps". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  12. Sieczkowski, Cavan (11 February 2013). "Lauren Drain, Former Westboro Baptist Church Member, Poses For NOH8 Campaign". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  13. "Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church eBook: Lauren Drain, Lisa Pulitzer: Kindle Store". Retrieved 2013-04-18.
  14. Cowles, Gregory. "Best Sellers - The New York Times". Retrieved 2013-04-18.
  15. "Lauren Drain Kagan (@LaurenDrainFit) on Instagram". Retrieved February 3, 2016.
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