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Thursday November 17, 2016

The violence towards minorities, including members of the LGBTQ community, connected to Donald Trump being elected president of the United States, continues to grow. Local Tampa, Fla. news station WTSP reports an LGBTQ church in St. Petersburg, Fla. has been vandalized with swastikas and the president-elect's campaign motto "Make America Great Again."

Members of the King of Peace Metropolitan Church discovered Monday the symbol and the motto drawn in chalk on the driveway of the church.

"It's not the kind of thing I want to have left on the sidewalk. It's left our members uneasy and not quite sure what to make of it," Reverend Candace Shultis told WTSP. "I think we were targeted because we are an LGBTQ and with the atmosphere in our country right now, it just makes you feel uncertain."

The church has more than 300 members and has been part of the community for 40 years. Shultis added the phrase "Love one another, please. -God" to the church's marquee after the presidential election results were announced. Regardless of the results, she said she'd never expect to be hit with anti-LGBT messages.

"It gave me a sense of incredible disappointment and anger. Nobody likes to be targeted by hate but it also increases my resolve to continue to preach the message of love," she told the news station.

Shultis, who said the incident was reported to police, also claims the church's sister congregation located in Washington, D.C., was also vandalized with someone leaving feces in front of the church's entrance.

Before Trump was elected, a trans woman from Tennessee said her truck was vandalized with the word "Trump" and was set on fire. It was reported earlier this week that a gay college student said he was attacked after leaving a bar because he was wearing high heels. He connected the incident to Trump's win. Additionally, New York State Sen. Brad Hoylman, who is gay and Jewish, discovered swastikas carved into the apartment building where he lives with his husband and young daughter.

Watch WTSP's report on the King of Peace Metropolitan Church below.

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