War over transgender bathroom access escalates as Texas and ten more states file suit

First came the shock and indignation and now the first major legal counter-attack. Two weeks after President Barack Obama told school districts across America to let transgender students use which ever toilet they liked, eleven US states, led by Texas, have hit back, filing a lawsuit challenging him.

The action, which accuses the Obama administration of trying to turn the nation’s schools into “laboratories for a massive social experiment”, is the latest convulsion in the transgender bathroom issue that has enraged conservative forces across the country and emerged as the civil rights issue of the moment in the United States.