Lauren Drain

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Lauren Drain
Lauren Drain, former member of Westboro Baptist Church, LaurenDrain.jpg
Lauren Danielle Drain

(1985-12-31) December 31, 1985 (age 36)[1]
Other namesLauren Kagan, Lauren Drain Kagan
EducationB.S., nursing (Washburn University, 2007)
OccupationFitness model, personal trainer, nurse, author
Spouse(s)David Kagan (m. 2013)

Lauren Danielle Drain (born December 31, 1985) is a former member of the Westboro Baptist Church who wrote the 2013 book Banished, which chronicles her experiences and eventual banishment from the church.[2]

Early life[edit]

Drain was born in Tampa, Florida and lived in nearby Bradenton until age five, when she moved to Olathe, Kansas, with her father, Steve, who enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Kansas.[3]

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.[4] Lauren Drain was a member from 2001 until 2008, when she was excommunicated for questioning church doctrine.[5][6] Her parents, two sisters, and brother remained members of the church and cut all ties with her.[7] However, sometime in 2020, her parents and two younger siblings were also excommunicated for unknown reasons.[8] It is unclear whether they have re-established contact.

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] She worked as a Registered Nurse for nine years before becoming a full-time personal trainer and fitness model.

Drain participated in the NOH8 Campaign in 2013.[11]

Drain wrote the book titled Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church, co-authored by Lisa Pulitzer which describes her experiences in the Westboro Baptist Church and her ultimate expulsion from the church.[12] It has been on the New York Best Sellers list in the eBook category as of March 30, 2013.[13]

Drain is a fitness model, using her social media account such as Instagram and Facebook to showcase her fitness routines, strength and motivational content.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Drain has been married to David Kagan since August 2013. She currently lives in Las Vegas.[5][15] She also identifies as a Christian.[16] On July 25, 2019, Drain and her husband announced that they were expecting a baby. Drain gave birth to a daughter, Aria Skye, on December 28, 2019.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church
  2. ^ "Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church by Lauren Drain - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists". Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  3. ^ Banished, first page in chapter 1 and another page: "Mom and Dad found us a house to rent in Bradenton"
  4. ^ Sessions, David (March 5, 2013). "'Banished' Lauren Drain on Growing Up in the Westboro Baptist Church". The Daily Beast.
  5. ^ a b Brydum, Sunnivie (March 14, 2013). "Escaping Westboro: Former Church Member Lauren Drain Reveals What Made Her Change". Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  6. ^ "Lauren Drain". Lauren Drain. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  7. ^ Hayes, Liz. "Pure Hate". ninemsn. 60 Minutes. Retrieved May 30, 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. ^ Sieczkowski, Cavan (February 11, 2013). "Lauren Drain, Former Westboro Baptist Church Member, Poses For NOH8 Campaign". The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  12. ^ Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church eBook: Lauren Drain, Lisa Pulitzer: Kindle Store. March 5, 2013. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  13. ^ Cowles, Gregory. "Best Sellers - The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  14. ^ "Lauren Drain Kagan (@LaurenDrainFit) on Instagram". Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  15. ^ Kraus, Susan (March 18, 2013). "Book review: Banished by Phelps". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  16. ^ Turits, Meredith (February 26, 2013). "Banished: Former Westboro Baptist Church Member Lauren Drain Looks Back on Her Days In the Church, and Apologizes". Glamour. Retrieved May 19, 2017. I do still hold my Christian beliefs, I don't condemn people like that anymore.
  17. ^ "Login • Instagram". {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)

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