Very sad news to report here. Matthew Camp‘s house was burned by arsonist in Poughkeepsie, New York. (He’s OK.)
Matthew describes the horrifying incident on his Instagram post.
“An arsonist poured gasoline on the front porch of my home and set it on fire in an apparent hate crime.
I was asleep inside. I am alive to face this person one day but everything I have ever owned is gone. Share this story because queer people are still under attack all over the world. Our voices will not be silenced.
Right now I’m just living day to day trying to piece together what’s left.
Thank you for the love and support and continued fight to keep our queer families safe.”
Camp told Out,
“It feels hate-driven because of how visible I was in the community.
It’s a small town where I felt comfortable being honest about my job as an OnlyFans creator and my work on the show Slag Wars — two things I am very proud of because all I want is to empower and destigmatize sex work.”
Locals called the historic 1900 structure the “Halloween House” formerly owned by Joe “Netherworld” Mendillo, a high-ranking member in the Church of Satan, who died last January.
It was bought by Camp this last October. He told Out, that Mendillo was a “longtime friend and mentor of mine” and that he purchased the home to “restore it in his memory.”
“It went by many names to many people. To the outside world, maybe they reduced it to the ‘Halloween House’ but to my chosen family and myself it was much more than that.”
A GoFundMe has been set up here.
The entire home eventually burned for 3+ hours leaving no personal possessions salvageable inside. Camera footage caught the attack and the perpetrator is being sought for attempted murder by the authorities.
Outside of his work as a queer content creator, activist, and artist, Matt has spent years empowering and supporting sex workers, the queer community, and outsiders in need.